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Next-next-gen Zen 5 architecture is already in development, confirms AMD

With some Zen 2-based processors still in the pipeline, AMD confirmed that the design of the Zen 3 architecture is complete and the testing/manufacturing stages should soon follow. Even more, Zen 4 and Zen 5 are both being designed already and — if everything goes according to plan — the latter is set to arrive in 2022.

Although AMD will release a few more Zen 2-based chips before moving on, the company's next three architecture are already at least in the design stage. To be more specific, we are talking about Zen 3, Zen 4, and even Zen 5. These are not mere rumors as AMD has confirmed that both Zen 4 and Zen 5 are "in the design phase" during the company's Horizon Executive Summit, an event that took place in Rome, Italy.

Another important bit of information that is now set in stone is the fact that AMD Zen 3 is already in the "design complete" status. This means that all the design work is done, the architecture has been locked down already, and the testing and manufacturing stages should follow. Returning to Zen 5, we should add that the first chips based on this next-next-gen architecture are due to arrive in 2022.

AMD is now fully focused on bringing third-generation EPYC and fourth-generation Ryzen parts to the table no later than next year. Next month, AMD is rumored to unveil new Threadripper models, starting with 24/48 cores/threads (3960X) and going all the way up to 48/96 or even 64/128 cores/threads (3990X). If the leaks turn out to be accurate, the 3990X will go on sale in January while the aforementioned 3960X and the 32/64 cores/threads 3970X will hit the market on November 19.


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Codrut Nistor, 2019-10-18 (Update: 2019-10-18)