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AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD publicly revealed the first processor to use their new x86 Zen processor core architecture. Codenamed “Summit Ridge“, the desktop processor will come with eight AMD Zen processor cores that are capable of processing sixteen threads simultaneously.


The AMD Zen core architecture has been along awaited, because it is the first fresh design that was not derived from AMD’s existing Bulldozer architecture. Built around the SMT (simultaneous multithreading) microarchitecture, AMD Zen will offer much better core performance at the cost of a larger die. It will also feature a new 14 nm FinFET process technology and use the new AM4 socket.


AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Dr. Lisa Su, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD, officially announced the AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor, before publicly revealing an example. Check it out!

Dr. Lisa did not reveal many details of the new AMD Summit Ridge processor though. Here are the key takeaways from her speech :
  • The new AMD Zen core will deliver 40% more instructions per cycle than the previous-generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will have 8 core that can process 16 threads simultaneously.
  • The AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will be built on the new FinFET process technology, and use the new AMD AM4 socket.
  • The AMD Zen core is designed across multiple segments including high-performance desktops, servers, notebooks and embedded solutions.

Although not mentioned, the AMD “Summit Ridge” processor will only support DDR4 memory.

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14nm FinFET AMD Polaris GPU Architecture Revealed

Jan 4, 2016 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) has recently provided customers with a glimpse of its upcoming 2016 Polaris GPU architecture at CES 2016, highlighting a wide range of significant architectural improvements including HDR monitor support, and industry-leading performance-per-watt. AMD expects shipments of the new AMD Polaris architecture-based GPUs to begin in mid-2016.


The New AMD Polaris Architecture

The AMD Polaris architecture-based 14nm FinFET GPUs deliver a remarkable generational jump in power efficiency. The Polaris-based GPUs are designed for fluid frame rates in graphics, gaming, VR and multimedia applications running on compelling small form-factor thin and light computer designs.

“Our new Polaris architecture showcases significant advances in performance, power efficiency and features,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. “2016 will be a very exciting year for Radeon™ fans driven by our Polaris architecture, Radeon Software Crimson Edition and a host of other innovations in the pipeline from our Radeon Technologies Group.”

The AMD Polaris architecture features AMD’s 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, a next-generation display engine with support for HDMI® 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3, and next-generation multimedia features including 4K h.265 encoding and decoding.

AMD has an established track record for dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of its mobile processors, targeting a 25x improvement by the year 2020.