AMD 2013 desktop roadmap leaked
In October AMD launched new microprocessors for A- and FX-Series families, featuring "Piledriver" architecture with better per clock performance, and higher clock speeds. The latest official AMD roadmap, released in February 2012, stated that in 2013 the FX-Series will stay on "Piledriver" architecture, while the A-Series APUs will switch to the next microarchitecture, codenamed "Steamroller". It turns out that AMD may delay Steamroller products, and use "Piledriver" for the next generation of APUs. This information was revealed by an AMD roadmap slide, published by DonanimHaber:
AMD plans in the performance market segment haven't changed. Next year the company will continue to offer Piledriver-based FX processors for socket AM3+. We will probably see a bit higher clocked versions of existing models, therefore we should not expect any major leaps in the performance of FX CPUs.
In the mainstream market segment, AMD is going replace "Trinity" with "Richland" core, still built on "Piledriver" architecture. The GPU in Richland APUs will utilize Radeon Cores 2.0, the same graphics architecture that was employed by "Trinity" APUs. The good news is that "Richland" can re-use existing socket FM2 infrastructure. It was previously reported that Richland will be manufactured on 28nm process, which may help with APU frequency scaling.
In the essential market segment, AMD currently offers Brazos 2.0 dual-core accelerated units. They will be succeeded by Kabini parts with new "Jaguar" cores. The processors will use sockets FT3 and KB. Apparently, Kabini chips for socket FT3 will integrate Fusion Controller Hub. Older AMD roadmap also indicated 2 or 4 CPU cores for Kabini products, and integrated "Graphics Core Next" GPU.
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