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AMD readies Zen-based ‘Summit Ridge’ microprocessors

Advanced Micro Devices is working on a new family of microprocessors code-named “Summit Ridge”. The new chips will be based on the new high-performance micro-architecture known as “Zen” and will be made using 14nm fabrication process.

At present not a lot of information is known about the new family of central processing units (CPU). Sweclockers reports that the new “Summit Ridge” chips will feature up to eight cores, a DDR4 memory controller, a PCI Express 3.0 controller and up to 95W thermal design power. The new microprocessors will use FM3 form-factor and will naturally require new mainboards.

It is expected that AMD will launch its new chips in the third quarter of 2016. They will be made using 14nm FinFET process technology, which means that they will be manufactured by GlobalFoundries or Samsung Electronics.

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The “Summit Ridge” processors will probably be sold under the FX brand. In addition, AMD will likely offer Opteron chips with the new Zen micro-architecture. It is unclear when AMD intends to introduce accelerated processing units featuring Zen cores.

Thanks to the new micro-architecture and thin process technology, the new “Summit Ridge” microprocessors will offer significant performance improvement compared to existing FX and Opteron chips.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that AMD’s “Summit Ridge” processors are more than a year away, it is highly likely that there are tough times ahead of the company. 

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