No 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper in the latest AMD Investor Presentation but there is room for Zen 4 and Navi cloud gaming
The May 2019 AMD Investor Presentation is now online (PDF) and as usual it features some surprises. The 2019 AMD client lineup has altered from the one we reported about in March. There is still a mid-year timeframe listed for 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, but the next-generation Threadrippers have been removed from this particular roadmap. The most obvious reason for this is that the high-end desktop processors will likely be ready for 2020 instead.
Moving onto the very next slide there is mention of both Zen 3 and Zen 4, with progress updates. The 7nm-based Zen 2 microarchitecture is “sampling now” while the future Zen 3 and 4 microarchitectures are “on track” and “in design”, respectively. Zen 3 is based on 7nm+ process technology, whereas there is no node size attached to Zen 4. It’s possible Zen 4 will also use 7nm+, but there has been speculation that 6nm or even 5nm manufacturing technology could be involved.
Unsurprisingly, there is room for Navi in the presentation, too. The upcoming series of GPUs is listed on the GPU roadmap once again, with the still somewhat mysterious 7nm+ “next-gen” following it. There is further mention of Navi in connection with cloud gaming (along with another confirmation of a Q3 2019 release). This particular slide refers to datacenter GPU workloads, but as AMD GPUs are linked with Google Stadia, the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Two, and Microsoft’s Project xCloud, it’s understandable why the presentation creators didn't see the need to offer any additional information about Navi here.
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