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AMD have taped out their first 14nm FinFET Products

AMD have taped out their first 14nm FinFET Products

AMD's Future, Zen and Profit?

AMD have taped out their first 14nm FinFET Products

 

AMD announced this Thursday that they have taped out their first products using a FinFET processing node at their earnings conference call this year. While AMD have not confirmed what products they have taped out, it is more than likely that it is either AMD's forst Zen based CPU or perhaps even a next generation GPU. 

AMD's CEO Lisa Su said that they "have actually just taped-out our first couple of FinFET designs,” meanings that the majority of the investment required in creating these products has already been made. 

For those who are unaware a "tape-out" is the final stage of the design cycle of an integrated circuit, meaning that AMD will be at a stage where they will be able to get their first production sample of these chips within the next few months.  

 

AMD's Future, Zen and Profit?

 

Typically it takes 9 months to a year for a product to move from it's initial tape-out to mass production, so if AMD have taped-out these products within the last few months we can expect to see new FinFET based products around late Q3 2016 or early Q4 2016.

We already know that AMD's new Zen CPUs will be made using an energy efficient FinFET process, with a release at some point in 2016. It is highly probable that the products which have been taped-out by AMD are  Zen based CPUs. 

 

AMD's Future, Zen and Profit?

 

AMD's Zen CPUs are designed to have 40% higher instructions per clock than their current Excavator designs, meaning that these CPUs will have a significant performance advantage to their current desktop Piledriver and Steamroller based CPUs.

Beyond 2016 AMD plans to continue to increase the IPC of future CPU designs based on Zen, such as Zen + and other future CPU architectures.

 

AMD's Future, Zen and Profit?

 

A lot of AMD's future depends on these future FinFET based products, as this will be a CPU release which should be highly competitive with Intel's high end CPUs and will be based on a much processing node which is actually competitive with Intel's current 14nm.

Next year will be an exciting time for AMD, especially in the CPU department. Personally I hope that AMD does find success over the next few years as simply put a strong AMD will mean that Nvidia and Intel will just have to work that much harder to stay on top, which is a great thing for us consumers. 

Right now AMD have not announced who their manufacturing pertner will be for their future FinFET Products. 

 

You can join the discussion on AMD taping out their first FinFET Designs on the OC3D Forums. 

 

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17-07-2015, 07:56:52

AlienALX
Oh god I hope so....Quote

17-07-2015, 08:07:23

Wraith
So glad they are improving the IPC of their next CPUs, had Excavator and Bulldozer had the 40% increase they are claiming with Zen the market wouldn't be where it is now. Are Intel worried? I don't know but I think they should be. More IPC and HBM the future is going to be awesome.Quote

17-07-2015, 09:40:53

Tripp
I hope this is for zen, an I hope zen itself is a brilliant architecture. ....amd need a few good winsQuote

17-07-2015, 10:50:34

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Tripp View Post
I hope this is for zen, an I hope zen itself is a brilliant architecture. ....amd need a few good wins
They won't win. From what I have read it should be within 10% of Haswell E. However, it needs to be cheaper with more cores. So for example, a 5960x type CPU for £450 would kill it, providing they didn't over spend on dev.Quote

17-07-2015, 10:55:23

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Vault-Tec View Post
They won't win. From what I have read it should be within 10% of Haswell E. However, it needs to be cheaper with more cores. So for example, a 5960x type CPU for £450 would kill it, providing they didn't over spend on dev.
Anything you will have read is pure speculation, No one bar AMD knows the performance of these chips.Quote
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