AMD just loves it when a plan comes together, and its ability to accomplish goals laid out in every roadmap. With the upcoming B550 motherboards, Matisse Refresh Ryzen 3000 CPUs, RDNA 2 graphics cards and eventually the release of Ryzen 4000 series APUs and CPUs, things are looking good for the read team.
The new leak from professional leakers gives a glimpse of AMD’s future ambitions. What we know is that the company is on schedule for Zen 3 architecture-based processors for the end of 2020. TSMC has received major orders. We should see a good amount of performance per core, efficiency and native feature support as newer CPU architecture come out. The new roadmaps give some hint of its plans until 2022.
APUs towards the future
Cezanne will be the next generation APU (after Renoir) which uses Zen 3 CPUs and Vega graphics. The notable codename here is Rembrandt to arrive by 2022. According to what’s circulating around the rumour mills, this will feature Zen 3+ CPUs with RDNA graphics. It will also natively support USB4 and use DDR5 memory and include more PCIe 4.0 lanes. Transition to DDR5 is anything but farfetched, and PCIe 4.0 lanes has benefits since both graphics cards and NVMe M.2 devices use that PCIe bandwidth.
Raphel architecture will succeed Vermeer CPUs which will be released by the end of this year to replace Matisse Ryzen 3000 series.
I/O options are equally getting some changes. The respective future generation motherboards will have DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0, something that was talked about earlier. It will also use USB Type-C provides single connection bandwidth enough to drive AR/ VR headsets, professional HDR headsets that require 80 Gbps of video bandwidth.
Long-distance roadmaps ideally should be taken with some salt. This AMD roadmap is no different. even if the leaks are from industry insiders, plans do change. Companies like AMD include or exclude support, architecture and even an entire product family that was originally not planned. We will only know the plans are set in stone and are in the process of manufacturing them when companies release such roadmap in public. But it shows progress as it includes new standards and features. AMD seems to be well organized and it is ready to keep it that way. We’ll just have to wait and watch how Intel will work accordingly.