AMD has outlined its GPU roadmap through to 2020, teasing its Navi architecture which will be manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process.
AMD’s plan is to have 7nm FinFET Navi graphics cards on store shelves before 2020, the chart possibly even suggesting we could see the first offerings in late 2018. Team Red is being pretty cautious about just what memory technology is going to be used for Navi, however, it could be HBM3, GDDR6, or something else entirely.
The slide also confirms what we already knew, that Vega is arriving on the 14nm process, along with 14nm+, which refers to improvements and refinements to the current architecture. It’s a similar tactic to what we’ve seen with Polaris, which served both the Radeon R400 series and the moderately improved Radeon R500 series.
Looking a little further afield, we’ll also be getting a ‘Next Gen’ graphics architecture after Navi, sometime around 2019/2020. This is once more going to be using the same 7nm node as Navi, suggesting AMD is making some fundamental changes to the structure of its upcoming GPUs that don’t necessarily correlate with die shrinks.
“The five-year amendment further strengthens our strategic manufacturing relationship with GlobalFoundries while providing AMD with increased flexibility to build our high-performance product roadmap with additional foundries in the 14nm and 7nm technology nodes,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su, back at the tail end of 2016. “Our goal is for AMD to have continued access to leading-edge foundry process technologies enabling us to build multiple generations of great products for years to come.”
Early today we also hear about AMD’s first Vega product, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. This is a workstation-oriented graphics card, leaving gamers left wanting. We could be in for a bit of a wait until the Radeon RX Vega gaming graphics cards surface. However, don’t give up just yet, there is AMD’s Computex event to look forward to on May 31st. This conference could still yet play host to an RX Vega reveal.