AMD's high Ryzen sales [nasdaq.com] may have convinced the company to release a new version on a slightly improved process [digitimes.com] 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 [globalfoundries.com] 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" [wikipedia.org] CPUs for laptops.
Also at Wccftech [wccftech.com].
Previously: AMD Ryzen Launch News [soylentnews.org]
AMD's Ryzen Could be Forcing Intel to Release "Coffee Lake" CPUs Sooner [soylentnews.org]
AMD Ryzen 3 Reviewed [soylentnews.org]