Tuesday, September 27th 2016

AMD's Pinnacle Ridge Zen+ 12 nm CPUs to Launch on February 2018

A recent AMD roadmap leak showed the company's "tick", process-improved plans for 2018's Zen+, as well as its painter-imbued aspirations with Zen 2 in 2019. Now, there's some new info posted by DigiTimes that's being sourced straight from motherboard makers that points to the company's Pinnacle Ridge launch being set sometime in February 2018.

This information seems to have been delivered to the motherboard makers straight from AMD itself, as a heads-up for when they should be expecting to ramp up production of next-generation chipsets. Sources report that AMD will follow their Summit Ridge, Ryzen launch, with the initial release of Pinnacle 7 in February, followed by the mid-range Pinnacle 5 and entry-level Pinnacle 3 processors in March 2018. DigiTimes also reports that AMD is expecting to see its share of the desktop CPU market return to at least 30% in the first half of 2018 which, coeteris paribus, is more of a simple mathematical progression than clarvoyance.
The information is particularly important to motherboard makers because, according to DigiTimes, this should allow AMD's partners to gear-up for new motherboard launches with next-generation 400-series chipsets (still designed by ASMedia). X470 and B450-based motherboards are said to be the first to hit the store shelves, with ramp-up orders for the chipsets being expected to grow dramatically starting January 2018. We shouldn't have to worry about having to purchase new motherboards for the new and improved Ryzen processors, though - AMD did promise AM4 would last until 2020, where it's expected that relevant new technologies such as PCIe 4.0 and DDR5 will hit the market.

AMD is also expected to further launch a low-power version of Pinnacle processors in April 2018, with an enterprise version Pinnacle Pro following in May 2018. 2018 is gearing up to be a busy year for AMD as well.
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