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posted by martyb on Sunday October 01 2017, @09:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the progress++ dept.

AMD's high Ryzen sales may have convinced the company to release a new version on a slightly improved process in Spring 2018:

AMD has informed its partners that it plans to launch in February 2018 an upgrade version of its Ryzen series processors built using a 12nm low-power (12LP) process at Globalfoundries, according to sources at motherboard makers.

The company will initially release the CPUs codenamed Pinnacle 7, followed by mid-range Pinnacle 5 and entry-level Pinnacle 3 processors in March 2018, the sources disclosed. AMD is also expected to see its share of the desktop CPU market return to 30% in the first half of 2018.

AMD will launch the low-power version of Pinnacle processors in April 2018 and the enterprise version Pinnacle Pro in May 2018.

The new "Pinnacle Ridge" chips appear to be part of a Zen 1 refresh rather than "Zen 2", which is expected to ship in 2019 on a 7nm process. The 12nm Leading-Performance (12LP) process was described by GlobalFoundries as providing 15% greater circuit density and a 10% performance increase compared to its 14nm FinFET process.

AMD has yet to release 14nm "Raven Ridge" CPUs for laptops.

Also at Wccftech. HPCwire article about the 12LP process.

Previously: AMD Ryzen Launch News
AMD's Ryzen Could be Forcing Intel to Release "Coffee Lake" CPUs Sooner
AMD Ryzen 3 Reviewed

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  • (Score: 2) by sgleysti on Monday October 02 2017, @01:20PM (2 children)

    by sgleysti (56) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 02 2017, @01:20PM (#575880)

    the TALOS II is more like a mid-range used car purchase for the average middle class westerner.

    And that's not an exaggeration. $4610 for their default single processor desktop configuration (16GB ECC ram, 500GB NVMe SSD). The board and processor are $4050 of that price, and I don't see integrated graphics listed anywhere.

    not being able to trust the firmware, and not being able to reverse engineer or replace the firmware makes both Ryzen and Vega+ GPUs a non-starter for me

    I've heard that Intel has its own problems in this regard. What do you use for a computer?

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  • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Monday October 02 2017, @03:02PM (1 child)

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Monday October 02 2017, @03:02PM (#575919) Journal

    I've heard that Intel has its own problems in this regard. What do you use for a computer?

    Neither company had such problems up until a decade or so ago. A Raspberry Pi or other open Arm platform might be a better choice right now if "open computing" is a major concern.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday October 02 2017, @09:52PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday October 02 2017, @09:52PM (#576232)

      Fitting, since a RaspberryPi is _almost_ as good as a regular computer from 10 years ago.

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