Speaking at a Barclays Global Technology Conference earlier this week, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster spoke about the process technology the company will use in 2015. When asked about how he sees AMD's nodes versus Intel's 14nm process, Papermaster replied evasively that AMD won't be the first user of the bleeding edge of any new technology node. He confirmed AMD will be having 28nm as well as 20nm products in 2015 but didn't share any details regarding plans to use smaller nodes.
Blayne P. Curtis - Barclays Capital Inc
From a technology perceptive Intel starts to ramp 14-nanometer that you’ll see a bigger ramp of that in the first half of next year. You obviously haven’t seen fabless, the benefits, I mean load of fab, but obviously Intel has been pushing the leading edge on 14. How do you see from a cost perspective your node versus 14 and when would you move to14?
Mark D. Papermaster - Chief Technology Officer
So it’s interesting, so as a fabless company it’s really changes our focus, our focus is on great products. So it’s just about the attributes of that design. So you look at for instances I mentioned Carrizo, very, very power optimized, very, very efficient CPU and graphics, we've driven an innovation of how that works together, so it basically has a leadership graphics capability and performance for what the new benchmarks, like PCMark 8 really show the spread of the workloads that a typical user has that spread across computing and graphics. And what you start to see is its design innovation that wins at the end of day that you see in a Carrizo.
Is technology remain important? Absolutely, and we’ll continue to transition and we have our FinFET designs well underway, but we won’t be the first user, the bleeding edge of any new technology node. You will see us be a very, very fast follower, so we're right on track with our FinFET designs and what you will see next year is a really 28-nanometer and 20- nanometer products from AMD.
Asked about the company's plans for the high-end video card market, Papermaster replied AMD isn't taking the foot off the gas and that they're excited about a refresh that they'll talk about later in 2015.