Apart from presenting its 7th generation of APUs and the Radeon RX 480, AMD's first graphics card based on the new Polaris architecture, AMD also spoke a bit about its Zen CPU architecture during its the press conference at Computex.
AMD didn't make any sort of concrete announcement. Instead, the intro video for the press conference was said to have been rendered on a system with a Zen CPU. This can of course not be verified, and AMD also has yet to produce evidence of a system running with such a CPU. Some figures were mentioned, but these were already heard often enough in the past. Zen is said to have a 40 percent higher IPC performance. Up to eight cores and 16 threads will be possible in the Zen architecture - whether this applies to the server or desktop market remains a mystery.
The first Zen CPUs will be manufactured in the 14 nm FinFET process. The new AM4 socket will be used as a platform, which will be used for all of AMD's CPU products. Partners are set to receive first samples of the CPU in the next few weeks. In the third quarter, more samples will be shipped to a larger score of partners. AMD had nothing to say about a launch date, although CEO Lisa Su added that 2016 will be very interesting in terms of new products. This could, however, apply to either the Zen CPUs, or the larger GPU architecture planned for the end of 2016 and codenamed Vega.
Even though there was no live demo, AMD AMD didn't miss the opportunity to show a Zen CPU on stage, and apparently Summit Ridge was held up high. The first tape out of Zen is said to have been completed around the beginning of this year. As previously mentioned, there were no concrete product announcements. However, AMD is already saying that the 8th generation of APUs, to come out probably early next year, will be based on the Zen architecture. Before that, the high-end models will appear for the desktop market. Server and embedded products will follow later.