AMD Zen Threatens Intel’s Monopoly
AMD is gearing up to release their new CPUs for 2017. This is a completely new architecture by AMD, called Zen. Zen comes with multiple improvements over AMD’s current line of desktop processors, the FX and the A series. The new line-up will mostly replace the FX-Series CPU, but beside that, poses a massive thread to Intel’s monopoly over both consumer and server hardware.
An Open Architecture
One of the biggest strengths of the new micro-architecture by AMD is that it is based on Open Standards. It is compatible with GPUs, FPGAs, and ASIC applications as an additional advantage of using Zen. Therefore, it gives Zen a wider market than Intel. The new line up of CPU’s is projected to bring twice the profit and market share than any previous products, according to AMD’s CEO Lisa Su.
AMD Zen is based on the x86 micro-architecture. This means, it will be similar to Intel Xeon. It will support SMT or Simultaneous Multi Threading, like Intel Processors, instead of CMT or Clustered Multi Threading, like older AMD Processors. This means that a CPU with 8 physical cores will have 16 logical cores. Moreover, it is highly power efficient as it is based on FinFET Design Scale. The new design also implements a lot of features that were found in high-end Intel processor architecture, making Zen a much better processor than all previous AMD processors. It is a completely new architecture and shows over 40% improvement over previous AMD architectures.
AMD plans on holding a preview event this December to showcase Zen CPU performance and features. According to PC World, the sneak peek event will be open for everyone free of charge and it will start at 1 p.m. PST and 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 13 at Austin Texas. Currently, signups for the live event is currently on-going. Around 4 CPUs will be released on the day of the launch. AMD has copied Intel’s naming convention here. There will a quad core SR3, a hex core SR5 and an octa core SR7.
Source: University Herald