Details leak out on AMD's first Zen-based desktop CPUs


— 4:21 PM on January 26, 2015

We've known for some time that AMD is cooking up a revamped x86 architecture. That architecture is code-named Zen, and the folks at SweClockers have dug up some dirt about the first desktop chips based on it.

Those chips will belong to a family called Summit Ridge, SweClockers says. They'll be fabbed on a 14-nm process, and they'll pack as many as eight cores inside thermal envelopes ranging up to 95W. The site also brings up a DDR4 memory controller, integrated PCI Express 3.0 lanes, and a new FM3 socket that will apparently succeed FM2+.

By the way, while that socket suggests a consumer focus, SweClockers says "nothing so far is mentioned about the integrated graphics parts of the processor." Hmm.

There's no word on a launch schedule for Summit Ridge. If I'm not mistaken, though, both Zen and its ARM-based K12 sibling are on track for a 2016 release. That means Summit Ridge may be a ways off still.

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