Today's bonus AMD rumour: Starship, Naples, Zeppelin and a flock of Owls

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2017 - 05:07 PM |
Tagged: amd, Starship, Naples, Zeppelin, Great Horned Owl, Banded Kestrel, Grey Hawk, River Hawk, Snowy Owl, rumour

We have another leak today from wccftech, via VideoCardz, of AMD's upcoming enterprise level processors.  Starship will use the successor to the current Zen architecture; Zen 2 is in some ways measurable as being fabricated with a 7nm FinFet process.  The chips are a testament to AMD's dedication to multi-core designs, Starship will feature up to 48 cores with 96 threads.  That does create a bit of heat, but not more than the chip it is replacing, the TDPs range from 35W up to 180W.  These chips will be sold under the Opteron name and will likely not have a model with the number 1701.

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Starship will replace Naples, which we already know quite a lot about, they will use the upcoming Zeppelin architecture.  The thermals match Starship but the core count is lower and tops out at 32 cores, 64 threads.  That count tells us there will be four interconnected Zeppelin dies, each having 8 cores in two CCX units. 

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Next up is the Snowy Owl family of BGA chips which also uses Zeppelin cores.  They will have models with core counts of 8, 12 and 16.  Snowy Owl will support DDR4 in quad channel, 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and up to 16 SATA or NVMe storage devices and should take flight before the end of the year,.

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Lastly we have their new embedded R-Series APUs, Great Horned Owl, Banded Kestrel, Grey Hawk and River Hawk.  These low power chips will be based off of the current Zen architecture with support for single and dual DIMM DDR4 channels.  The CPU portion will have 2 or 4 cores and TDPs between 15-65W, Owl models will be paired with an graphics core possessing 11 CUs, Kestral with 3 CUs.  According to the slides posted at wccftech the APUs will support 4K60 and up to four 4K monitors which is impressive for such a small chip.  There will also rumoured to be models without an APU, for usage in device which do not need graphical capabilities. 

The slides also hint at a mysterious a new MCM package product which will arrive this year.  It is reputed to have 4 GB VRAM, 10 CUs and five dual-mode Display Port support arriving in 2017.  There are a lot more slides you can see by clicking here.

Source: wccftech

May 11, 2017 | 06:20 PM - Posted by pdjblum

wow, these guys are rocking with super exciting products and 7nm

yet, still waiting on the mobo guys to give me an mini itx

biostar's is never in stock and asrock's is still not in retail

May 13, 2017 | 05:15 AM - Posted by Mutation666

I gave up, moving to a Caselabs Bullet mATX set up instead of Ncase M1.

May 14, 2017 | 03:09 PM - Posted by pdjblum

was not aware of that gorgeous case

thanks for the heads up

maybe i will have to do micro atx, though i did want mini itx

May 15, 2017 | 05:31 AM - Posted by Mutation666

Yeah, its not much bigger and will support custom loops better and I can use my current 10gbe card in a pcie slot instead of modifying a m.2.

May 12, 2017 | 05:48 AM - Posted by Xebec

Obsolete roadnap dated Feb 2016. Glofo has already pushed back 7nm into 2H 2018 which means 2019 for any products.

However its nice knowing the codenames and original plans.

May 12, 2017 | 06:07 AM - Posted by collie

I keep wondering if we will see zen for the AM1 platform, or is AM1 like atom before it, its good enough so dont touch it

May 12, 2017 | 01:10 PM - Posted by JohnGR

AM1 is dead and unfortunately AM1 processors are getting more expensive instead of cheaper. Don't forget that AM1 is DDR3, Zen DDR4. If AMD had any plans for the AM1 platform, we would have seen some Beema models 1-2 years ago.

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