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AMD Godavari APUs to be launched in May, says report

by Mark Tyson on 28 April 2015, 10:06

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), Samsung (005935.KS), GLOBALFOUNDRIES

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Taiwan supply chain makers have told industry news journal DigiTimes that AMD's upcoming Godavari APUs will be launched at the end of May. Looking further ahead the sources indicated that AMD's first 14nm APUs will be arriving in 2016.

AMD's Godavari APUs are also known as the 'Kaveri Refresh' processors. These processors will be architecturally identical to the Kaveri chips on the market now. Features of Godavari will include up to four 'Steamroller' cores, Radeon graphics based upon the GCN 1.1 architecture with up to 512 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and HSA.

It probably won't surprise anyone to hear that the new Godavari range of processors from AMD will be built upon the 28nm process. They are also expected to use the FM2+ form factor and drop-in existing motherboards. While it was initially thought that Godavari would kick-start the A-8000 series of APUs recent reports say that they may simply slot into the A-7000 series nomenclature. This might be a decision based upon the slight improvements they offer over Kaveri – just clock speed bumps for the CPU and GPU cores. Examples of upcoming Godavari APUs and their clock speeds were listed by CPU World late last week.

According to the DigiTimes industry insider information, the first 14nm APUs from AMD will launch next year. These Summit Ridge APUs are to be produced by Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries. AMD will follow up with Bristol Ridge mainstream APUs, and the Raven Ridge-series in 2017 say the sources. While Bristol Ridge retains the 'Excavator' cores it is projected that Raven Ridge will incorporate AMD's next-gen Zen cores.



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Oh. Underwhelming.
Pleiades
Oh. Underwhelming.

Hopefully some power management tweaks will get us longer boosts and better than the headline figures here.

Still, x86 is pretty dull these days from both sides of the fence. If you want interesting, better off perusing the ARM and MIPS news :)

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/23/arm-details-its-new-high-end-cpu-core-cortex-a72/

or get an FPGA board and have a go yourself http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/27/imagination-technologies-battles-x86-and-arm-with-free-and-open-mipsfpga/
Pleiades
Oh. Underwhelming.

A bit like your useless comment then? If you have nothing to say, don't comment.

I'm personally a bit disappointed that it's now looking like we won't be seeing Zen next year. The most recent stuff I've read on this pointed to a 2016 release for Zen. Fingers crossed that it will be worth the wait when it finally arrives. Same for Excavator of course, but I won't hold my breath.
Yeah, AMD is going to be underwhelming on the desktop until Zen is released next year.

At least Carrizo will really up their game in mobile, which is where more money is made.

But in reality, high-end x86 news is always rather boring these days, and has been for a while.
sykobee
Yeah, AMD is going to be underwhelming on the desktop until Zen is released next year.

At least Carrizo will really up their game in mobile, which is where more money is made.

But in reality, high-end x86 news is always rather boring these days, and has been for a while.

Yeah things have been stagnant since Sandy Bridge, maybe even Nehalem (they fall behind SB but the first gen i5s and i7s still perform admirably in new games provided you're not shooting for triple-figure framerates). I'm not getting too excited about Skylake, though if Zen does turn out to be something exceptional (let's hope so!) then Intel will have to respond with something similarly impressive. Maybe finally the move to post-silicon chips! I'll be surprised if nothing exciting has happened within two years of now.