AMD mobile processor product roadmap for next two years exposed
With the gradual proliferation of AI applications, Microsoft has also incorporated the AI assistant Copilot into Windows 11 23H2, accelerating the AI arms race in the PC market. Intel and AMD are embedding dedicated AI modules into their latest processors. AMD’s current Phoenix architecture for mobile processors now supports Ryzen AI, essentially a Xilinx XDNA module capable of delivering 16 TOPS of computational power. According to AMD’s latest mobile processor roadmap, Ryzen AI will become increasingly ubiquitous in upcoming products.
In the latest video from Moore’s Law Is Dead, AMD’s mobile processor roadmap for 2024 to 2025 was revealed. Focusing on the premium processors, AMD’s Ryzen 7045 Dragon Range processor will serve until 2024, to be replaced in 2025 by Fire Range. This successor will be equipped with two 4nm Zen 5 architecture CCDs, supporting up to 16 cores, and will also have an X3D version. Essentially, it is a repackaged version of the desktop Granite Ridge processor, expected to utilize a 6nm IOD, and, unsurprisingly, will not incorporate Ryzen AI. Since this processor is primarily paired with discrete graphics, its robust computational capacity negates the need for the low-power AI computation that Ryzen AI offers.
Strix Point, set to launch in 2025, is a particularly intriguing massive APU with 16 Zen 5 cores and 40 RDNA 3.5 architecture CU units. It will also feature a next-generation AI accelerator based on XDNA2 architecture, boasting a performance of 45-50 TOPS. It remains uncertain whether this processor will adopt an MCM packaging or a single large die, and given the scale of the integrated graphics, it’s unlikely to utilize standard dual-channel DDR5/LPDDR5 memory due to insufficient bandwidth, perhaps opting for higher bandwidth memory solutions or GDDR6 memory akin to gaming console SoCs.
Strix Point is aimed at high-end mobile computing—current market segments denoted by U, HS, and H suffix processors—and is the rightful successor to Phoenix. Based on the 4nm process with up to 12 Zen 5 cores, it may feature a hybrid architecture of Zen 5 and Zen 5c, equipped with RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics and the same next-generation XDNA2 architecture AI accelerator as Strix Halo. It is anticipated to debut in the second half of 2024.
The lower end of the high-end computing segment in 2024 will see the launch of Hawk Point, rumored to be a 4nm version of the Phoenix chip, maintaining the configuration of 8 Zen 4 cores with RDNA 3 integrated graphics and the first-generation 16 TOPS XDNA accelerator. By 2025, it is expected to be replaced by Kraken Point, which will upgrade to 8 Zen 5 cores and RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics, along with the XDNA2 AI accelerator.
In the mainstream market, the current Ryzen 7035 series with 6nm Rembrandt-R chips will continue until 2025, at which point its market position will be taken over by Escher, relegating it to a lower market tier, while Escher appears to be a rebranded Hawk Point. As for the entry-level market, AMD does not seem particularly interested and is expected to stick with the Mendocino through 2025.