At the 2015 financial analyst day, AMD has released some detail about the company’s plan for 2015. This year is not going to be the most exciting year for AMD as the products that will be launching are mostly incremental upgrades.
On the desktop side, we are still looking at the same Bulldozer based processor. The AM3 socket and FX processor will continue to dominate the high-end portfolio. Currently, the top model is the eight core FX-9590 that is clocked at 4.7GHz base and 5GHz Turbo. The mainstream and budget market will also remain largely unchanged where the current generation A-7000 Series “Kaveri” APU will continue to be the product of choice.
The mobile side is where we will see new products coming out. This year, AMD will release 6th generation APU codenamed “Carrizo”. The “Carrizo” APU will launch this quarter but no specific detail on the model or the clockspeed/specification has been released. Though, AMD mentioned that it would be the world’s first HEVC hardware support for 4K/1080p streaming and videoconferencing support. Despite the fact that the APU is still build with 28nm process, the new APU will deliver up to two times more battery life for video playback and 40% more battery life in productivity scenario. The low-end mobile product line up will continue to be the “Mullins” APU.
AMD will launch a new Radeon GPU this quarter. The new GPU will be based on the GNC 2.0 microarchitecture that is found on the current AMD line up. It will be improved with the most noticeable and exciting technology is the support for High Bandwidth Memory. The Tonga R9 285 GPU already feature color compression technology to reduce memory usage and the HBM would allow AMD to even further driving the GPU performance higher while lowering the power consumption. The GPU will feature technologies such as DirectX 12, 4K gaming support, and VR support.
The HBM features on-package memory where the memory will be placed on the same package as the GPU. This helps reduce the overall footprint of the GPU so we could see smaller high flagship GPU that is shorter than typical 10.5 inches long. In addition, we could see AMD finally is able to match the power consumption of current generation of NVIDIA cads.
Among the new feature that AMD will bring with the upcoming GPU is the Liuqid VR. AMD’s Liquid VR-accelerating feature that is aimed to improve on lower the latency on the virtual reality. According to AMD, the technology would reduce the motion to photo latency to less than 10 milliseconds.
AMD also announced the new Radeon M300 series GPU today for notebooks. The M300 GPU features DirectX 12 support with refined efficiency and power management. It will support Dual Graphics when pair with AMD’s A series APU.
At the second half of 2015, AMD will also make a return to the server market with the introduction of Opteron A1100 “Seattle” processor that is leverage on the 64-bit ARM Coretex A-57. Opteron A1100 will feature integrated AMD TrustZone technology for security.The SoC will be the first of many to come in the next couple of years as the company is doubling down efforts to make a dent in the datacenter market and gateway to the IoT.