Something I look forward to: As new Ryzen 7000 series processors hit store shelves, with RDNA 3 right behind, AMD has fully embraced 5nm processors for its products. However, the company does not plan to stay in 5nm for long. Team Red intends to meet with TSMC to discuss future supplies of 2nm and 3nm chips.
AMD recently unveiled its new Ryzen 7000 series processors and upcoming RDNA 3 graphics card architecture. Team Red is noticeably reducing the compute node size to an impressive 5nm, compared to 7nm found in the last two Ryzen and the first two generations of RDNA. These reductions allow more performance to be packed into a single chip.
Boost clocks for AMD’s new flagship Ryzen 9 7950X can reach up to 5.7 GHz, compared to 4.9 GHz for the Ryzen 9 5950X. The roadmap for RDNA claims that 5nm processors can increase performance per watt by more than 50 percent.
Despite these significant performance gains, AMD does not intend to stay with the 5nm process for long. DigiTimes notes that CEO Lisa Su and other executives plan meet with many companies in Taiwan during the next few months. One of the companies they plan to meet with is TSMC, which produces chips for AMD.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is one of the leading developers of processors and semiconductors for computer hardware, producing processing chips for many popular technology brands such as Apple, Nvidia, and AMD. Team Red’s relationship with TSMC has been very healthy since it moved its chip production from GlobalFoundries to TSMC in 2018.
Lisa Su intends to meet with TSMC to discuss production plans for process chips with 3nm and even 2nm nodes, the latter of which is still in the testing phases at TSMC. The company plans to launch its Zen 4 architecture in 2024, with some expected to feature a 3nm process node.
Mass production of 2nm process nodes won’t start until 2025 at the earliest, according to TSMC projections. That timeline lines up with the beginning of AMD’s planned end of support for socket AM5 in “2025+.” Whether the 2nm processors are late in the AM5 lifespan or potentially break the seal on a new AM6 socket remains to be seen.