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Zen 5c core codenamed "Prometheus". AMD chooses TSMC 3nm/Samsung 4nm for next-gen chips

by Technical otaku - 2023-11-13 2013 0 2

It has been previously reported that AMD is planning to launch the new Zen 5 architecture in 2024, with related products likely to be released in the first half of 2024. The new Zen 5 series of architectures will come in Zen 5, Zen 5 V-Cache and Zen 5c designs and will be available in 4nm and 3nm versions.

According to Wccftech, a user has compiled a huge list of data from employee profiles/projects on LinkedIn, which has AMD engineers listing a range of process nodes for the development of next-generation IPs.While it has been known for some time now that AMD will be mixing 4nm and 3nm processes for the Zen 5-series architectural cores, no specific foundry was provided though. This time around, the new information suggests that AMD will opt for TSMC's 3nm and Samsung's 4nm processes for its next-generation chips.

In fact, as early as 2021 it was reported that AMD may shift some of its production to Samsung, with plans to use Samsung's 4LPP process (the second-generation 4nm-class process). It is speculated that AMD may already be testing chips made by Samsung, but as things stand, it seems that the main products will not choose to replace them with Samsung foundries.

Another piece of information that came out of the leak is that the Zen 5c architecture core is codenamed "Prometheus". Previously, an AMD engineer on LinkedIn leaked the codename of the Zen 6 architecture kernel as "Morpheus". The known codenames for the Zen 4/5/6 series architecture kernels and their possible process counterparts are:

  • Zen 4 (5nm) - Persephone

  • Zen 4c (5nm) - Dionysus

  • Zen 5 (3/4nm?) - Nirvana

  • Zen 5c (3/4nm?) - Prometheus?

  • Zen 6 (2nm) - Morpheus

  • When viewing the credits screen after completing a race in Extreme Racing 8, the driver occasionally crashes.

  • Intermittent black screen or code 31 error in Device Manager after rebooting on certain AMD graphics products (e.g. Radeon RX 6700 XT).

AMD is bringing a range of products based on the Zen 5-series architecture between 2024 and 2025, including Strix Point (Ryzen laptops), Granite Ridge (Ryzen desktops), and Turin (EPYC servers), with potentially more to come.



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