AMD’s 12nm Ryzen ‘Pinnacle’ processors may arrive in February 2018
A DigiTimes report says that AMD has informed its board partners about the launch of new Ryzen processors based on GlobalFoundries’ 12nm process, which will roll out alongside new 400-series chipsets.
The same article also claims that X470- or B450-based boards, designed by ASMedia, should be the first to hit store shelves in March.
High-end chips – codenamed Pinnacle 7 – will reportedly be the first to launch, with mid-range Pinnacle 5 and entry-level Pinnacle 3 processors coming later in March.
In April 2018, AMD will next release low-power versions of its Pinnacle processors, according to DigiTimes, followed by a line of Pinnacle Pro enterprise chips in May.
This is in line with what came out of the GlobalFoundries Technology Conference last week, where AMD CTO Mark Papermaster confirmed that the company would be transitioning both Ryzen and Vega products to the 12nm LP FinFET process next year.
Looking even further afield, Papermaster also pointed toward 7nm LP risk production beginning in the first half of 2018, yet another die shrink that has been associated with the Zen 2 architecture and Navi GPUs, according to previous AMD roadmaps.