It has been confirmed that AMD will be using Samsung as its foundry partner for its next generation GPUs. The upcoming Arctic Islands family of GPUs will be built on the 14 nanometer FinFET LPP (low-power plus) process. NVIDIA will however be building its next generation Pascal GPU family on the 16 nanometer FinFET process and will likely use foundry partner TSMC as they have in the past.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology. As a result of this milestone, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ silicon-proven technology is planned to be integrated into multiple AMD products that address the growing need for high-performance, power-efficient compute and graphics technologies across a broad set of applications, from personal computers to data centers to immersive computing devices.
At its Investor Day presentation AMD took a good part of it to talk about GPUs. They announced that they will continue to make GPUs for every segment of the market. The company plans to continue to improve on its Graphics CoreNext architecture, but is really betting on the huge performance / watt increase with its GPUs in 2016. The reason for this increase will be its move to the 14nm FinFET process.
There have been quite a lot of AMD leaks recently, this week we had the Zen CPU block diagram come out, then just yesterday the quad core design slide was leaked. Either AMD is trying to create some hype, or they just can’t keep their secrets safe. Now the roadmaps for both the desktop side and mobile side have been leaked.
We first heard about AMD’s Greenland GPU when we details AMD’s upcoming 16-core APU. Greenland will be the successor to Fiji (which will be powering the upcoming R9 390X). It has been reported that this new core will not be a radically new core. AMD wants the main goal of Greenland to bring more performance per watt to AMD GPUs in 2016.
It has been reported that Intel has delayed the launch of its next-generation “Skylake” desktop CPUs to August 2015. This is from its normal release schedule of launching a new CPU each Q2 of each year. Skylake is Intel’s next-generation CPU architecture that is built on the companies 14 nm silicon fab process.
In Intel’s latest Q4 earnings report they have confirmed that Skylake will land in the second half of 2015, but 10 nm is still a far ways off. Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich has confirmed that the Broadwell delay has not affected the Skylake launch schedule. Intel still plans to release Skylake in the second half of this year around back to school time.
Intel is expected to launch Skylake, which will be a completely new x86 microarchitecture at some point in 2015. Skylake will come after Broadwell and will be the “tock” in Intel’s tick-tock model. Skylake will be fabricated on the 14 nm process.
At the Maker Faire this past weekend Reuters got to talk to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who confirmed that we would see the companies upcoming Broadwell chips in PCs sold during the holiday season.
Intel has decided to postpone the opening of their Fab 42 plant in Arizona indefinitely. The plant was supposed to open at the end of last year after being announced in February of 2011. Intel was said to be investing $5 billion into the project.
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