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AMD Zen 4 could arrive in 2021 as TSMC 5nm shows promising yields

AMD has been on a tear recently and with Zen 3 getting claimed huge performance uplift and with TSMC having a solid 5nm yeild, Ryzen is not stopping

By: Shannon Robb from Dec 9, 2019 @ 10:36 CST

AMD's Ryzen processors have been a massive success with the first-gen starting rocky, but AMD kept with its release cadence and has pushed it to be stronger every generation.


Well, they did not stop the train yet, and there are no signs of stopping if what we see today from China Times, along with AMD's claims on investor day (back in May 2019), are accurate. AMD has been pushing not just the newest Ryzen 3000 as was released a short while ago, but already have the next few steps completed or in development.


This is where today's story stems from, where China Times reports that TSMC's 5nm process is already showing good yield potential. AMD is presently on 7nm with its Zen 2 architecture, and we already hear news of 5nm tech, which will power Zen 4. Zen 3, which is 7nm+, has already been touted as offering a performance uplift similar to what you would expect with a new architecture.

With Zen 3 design already finished or almost finished and likely to see the light of day in 2H 2020, it looks like the AMD Ryzen train is not stopping anytime soon, and we have some idea that at least the next two iterations are showing some extreme promise. Let's hope that Intel for its sake has some irons in the fire to combat this as they have the engineers and fabs to compete; they simply need a practical new design.

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