AMD has ushered in the era of 7nm chips with its new Radeon Vega chip that the company proudly demoed during the ongoing Computex event. Speaking during the launch, the company CEO Lisa Su further said the new chip would be part of what it prefers to call as the Instinct line. That again is a phrase used to denote the segment dedicated with the design and development of chips to be used in AI or machine learning based applications.
Lisa Su however also stated that the same technology gone into the making of the new Radeon Vega chips would be applied to Radeon gaming GPU as well. However, no timeframe for that has been announced as yet, but end-2018 seems quite probable for the debut of 7nm GPUs.
The chipmaker also stated the new 7nm processors have already reached its product partners where it is undergoing further tests. It isn’t too keen to reveal much details just yet but said it expects the chip to be ready for integration on futuristic devices by 2019 itself. That, however, would be in the form of servers and workstations that contribute towards the research and development of advanced machine learning or AI concepts.
The current chip is based on Vega architecture and as has been stated above, happens to be the world’s first chip to have been produced using 7nm manufacturing process. With the launch, AMD also stole a crucial lead over Intel that is yet to reveal its first 10nm chip.
Another unique aspect with the chip is that it comes with 32 GB of HBM2 memory, which is another reason the chip is quite expansive in its proportions. AMD otherwise stated the chip will be two-timed more efficient compared to its predecessors while offering 1.35 times performance improvement.
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The company will, no doubt also strive to introduce the chip to the desktop or personal computing segment even though it hasn’t committed to any timelines here are even mentioning such intentions just yet. The lack of competition so far could be one reason it isn’t in a mad rush just yet though it sure will be mighty exciting to see the chip unleash new levels of computing prowess that is pure science fiction at the moment.