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AMD is already designing products on the 14nm node

by Ryan Martin on 22 January 2015, 12:00

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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AMD is already working on products based on the 14nm process node, according to CEO Dr Lisa Su. The announcement was made at the company's earnings call meeting, held on January 20th, where AMD was keen to point out potential for future successes after the disappointing end to 2014 that saw them post a $403 million net loss for the year.

AMD was not ready to specify, at this time, who its 14nm partner will be. Currently only GlobalFoundries and Samsung are working on the 14nm node so it could realistically be either of the two companies, AMD's close relations with GlobalFoundries do, however, point more towards that option.

During mid-to-late 2015 TSMC will be driving its production towards 16nm while GlobalFoundries and Samsung will be pushing for a slight advantage with 14nm. Those 14nm offerings will come with LPE (low power early) and LPP (low power plus) variants, of which Samsung has already started production of the LPE type.

It isn't known which AMD products will get the 14nm-makeover first, but its semi-custom APUs and other processors seem like the prime candidates given that segment of AMD's business has been so profitable. Dr Lisa Su announced that AMD would be revealing more details on its upcoming products and latest roadmaps during its financial analyst day.

AMD's financial analyst day has been on-hold since late November when the company postponed the event to reshape its long term strategy under the new leadership of Dr Su. The date for the event remains unknown but most our recent information points toward next month.



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This could well be the Catchup Leap that AMD have been missing since Intel launched the Core 2 series of chips that delivered superior Work per Cycle to Power ratios.
AMD has been having to use the old Intel P4 tricks of increased Power Consumtion and Clock Cycles to remain performance competitive for too long now.
Good Luck AMD, hope this works and get's you back in the game again :)
Owww.Hopefully we'll get a kabini style 8 core 2ghz chip for 50 quid.

Bring it on.
Hmmm, 14nm isn't suddenly going to make AMD's CPU cores perform better. There still seems to be a hard limit of 4Ghz - 5GHz for running a processor with acceptable TDP, and AMD would need a lot more than that to make a 4-core APU competitive with an i5.

Where this will really make a difference is in power efficiency (reducing process size tends to reduce power draw), and in GPU and parallel compute, because they'll be able to put more shaders/cores onto the same size chip. So great news for mobile/HPC/semi-custom/graphics. For mainstream CPU … not so much.
PCs are (and have been for the last 4-5 years) a race to the bottom.

Per core even the most modern core i3/i5/i7 is only 20-40% faster than a core 2.

Saying that, almost all intel's offerings are greater than the market wants or needs. They only exist due to near monopoly.
They need to:
- redesign their high performance core and have it on the market as soon as possible (Zen)
- skip a process node and catch up with others. For milking customers it's good to prolong the life of a node as much as possible, but you can't do it if you have Intel as your competitor. (14nm)
- I would've skipped Carrizo alltogether and focus on Zen.
- entice OEMs to buy your products. It's not possible with kaveri, but beema and mullins are super good chips. Why aren't they as present as Bay Trail? Hmm, you answer that.