Tuesday, April 28th 2015

AMD Readying "Godavari" APUs for May Launch, 14 nm APUs in 2016

AMD is readying its next-gen APUs, codenamed "Godavari" for launch in May 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan. A successor to "Kaveri," Godavari will feature updated "Excavator" architecture based CPU cores, and the latest Graphics CoreNext 1.2 based stream processors on the integrated GPU. The APU will feature PCI-Express gen 3.0 and high-speed DDR3 integrated memory controllers, just like its predecessor "Kaveri," and could be based on the existing FM2+ platform. These chips will compete against some of the entry/mainstream variants of Intel's Core "Broadwell" processors. It's likely that these chips could be built on existing 28 nm process.

It's also being reported that AMD will launch its first APUs based on the 14 nanometer fab process, codenamed "Summit Ridge," in 2016. These will be succeeded by "Raven Ridge" APUs in 2017. AMD could use Samsung and GlobalFoundries to make its 14 nm chips. Lastly, AMD is reportedly in talks with ASMedia to integrate its USB 3.1 controller logic into its new motherboard chipset, which it plans to launch in September 2015.Source: DigiTimes
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13 Comments on AMD Readying "Godavari" APUs for May Launch, 14 nm APUs in 2016

#1
TheLostSwede
Thank god they didn't make their own USB 3.1 controller, as they did the worst USB 3.0 controller out there.
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GhostRyder
Hmm, I will be interested to see how much of a jump this update actually has in real life as it could be cool. I think the chip I look forward to seeing the most is the next Athlon x4!
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#3
Jorge
It's funny to read the technical ignorance from people without a clue... It's easy to dupe the clueless.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
GhostRyder said:
Hmm, I will be interested to see how much of a jump this update actually has in real life as it could be cool. I think the chip I look forward to seeing the most is the next Athlon x4!
Hear hear. The APU's are, together with Intels ultra low power stuff, the most interesting things in the CPU space IMO.
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#5
EpicShweetness
Yawn! Unfortunately AMD has been dragging this forgettable architecture through and through. It doesn't really work, and its lagging farther and farther behind. I'll look forward to Zen, hopefully I wont have to abandon hope.
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#6
happita
AMD should really be readying up APUs based on their new Zen architecture, not no old Excavator cores. Unless its in their 2016 APU lineup.
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#7
rak526
I'm pretty ignorant to the whole APU scene. How are AMD's APUs different than Intel's HD Graphics? Also, if my primary computer usage is gaming, is there any benefit to an APU over the traditional CPU + GPU?
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OneMoar
There is Always Moar
more excavator cores that nobody gives a shit about
nothing to see here move along
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
rak526 said:
I'm pretty ignorant to the whole APU scene. How are AMD's APUs different than Intel's HD Graphics? Also, if my primary computer usage is gaming, is there any benefit to an APU over the traditional CPU + GPU?
They're much faster. If you're on a budget and not that into gaming they could be worth it, but otherwise they, obviously, don't have a chance against dedicated GPUs. They are very decent though, but you really need 2400Mhz memory for them to work really well.

happita said:
AMD should really be readying up APUs based on their new Zen architecture, not no old Excavator cores. Unless its in their 2016 APU lineup.
Godavari is for may. No fault in releasing something before 2016.

OneMoar said:
more excavator cores that nobody gives a shit about
nothing to see here move along
It's the GPU that's interesting in these things. Otherwise it would just be a Bulldozer.
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OneMoar
There is Always Moar
Frick said:
They're much faster. If you're on a budget and not that into gaming they could be worth it, but otherwise they, obviously, don't have a chance against dedicated GPUs. They are very decent though, but you really need 2400Mhz memory for them to work really well.



Godavari is for may. No fault in releasing something before 2016.



It's the GPU that's interesting in these things. Otherwise it would just be a Bulldozer.
Worthless cpu is worthless
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sergionography
Frick said:
They're much faster. If you're on a budget and not that into gaming they could be worth it, but otherwise they, obviously, don't have a chance against dedicated GPUs. They are very decent though, but you really need 2400Mhz memory for them to work really well.



Godavari is for may. No fault in releasing something before 2016.



It's the GPU that's interesting in these things. Otherwise it would just be a Bulldozer.
To be honest everything after piledriver was decent but what made it sucks is the target market that amd put it against. Non of the chips designed were streamlined for the right purposes. If you ever followed up with bulldozer in the past u would've noticed that the whole point was area saving in order to cram the max number of cores in chips, but that never happened and instead amd released chips with junkload of area wasted on HSA which went wasted because HSA is only a secondary thing and in my opinion ahouldve been sacrificed in favor of more cpu and gpu cores. And as for excavator each module is super tiny so it's not totally bad. It just isn't a high power high performance core. It's like taking jaguar and clocking it high to sell it as a enthusiast part, in which case of course it's going to fail.

Excavator in my opinion would've been a perfect low power design if used properly in the right SOC for the right markets. But after all the talk of minimizing its size AMD and power AMD still has it in a quad core config with the same die size as it's predecessor which in my opinion is worthless as heck
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#12
Lionheart
OneMoar said:
Worthless cpu is worthless
Worthless comment is worthless...
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#13
happita
Frick said:

Godavari is for may. No fault in releasing something before 2016.
There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm thinking wouldn't it be smarter to focus on your next product line that is in essence going to bring them back into the competitive game rather than improve slightly upon a broken architecture? At the most they should probably give current APUs a small speed bump and slash prices just a tad. IMO I don't think they should be wasting fab time for Godavari, rather get your Zen-based APUs out ASAP and then let their marketing team figure out a way on how they can influence people who only know Intel to at least try AMD.
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