AMD’s next-generation AM5 motherboard will support USB4
Recently, Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, embarked on a sojourn to several enterprises in Taiwan, laying the groundwork for potential collaborations tailored to AMD’s next phase of development, such as the 3nm process of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Furthermore, Dr. Su extended her visit to Asmedia, a company entrusted with a considerable volume of AMD chipset designs since 2016.
According to a report by Wccftech, AMD is poised to natively support USB4 in the forthcoming AM5 motherboards, potentially in collaboration with Asmedia on the new motherboard chipset, incorporating Asmedia’s solution to render desktop platform products more comprehensive. Asmedia itself has been involved in the development of the USB4 master control chip and is expected to secure certification from the USB-IF association by the end of this year, paving the way for mass production in the forthcoming year.
The competitor, Intel, has been supporting Thunderbolt 4 (compatible with USB4) since the 11th generation Core, offering a staggering data transfer speed of up to 40Gbps. This support is already rather comprehensive, with native support available on both desktop and mobile platforms. AMD, since the introduction of the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors last year, has been supporting USB4 on mobile platforms. However, implementation on the desktop platform has been lagging, largely dependent on third-party solutions, which adds to the additional costs. The most recent USB4 v2.0 specification has seen data transfer speeds reach up to 80Gbps.
The next-generation AM5 motherboard is slated to make its debut alongside the Ryzen 8000 series processors, with its arrival anticipated for the following year.