AMD APUs with Zen 3+, Navi 2 GPU and DDR5 expected in 2022

Posted on Friday, April 09 2021 @ 10:59 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Take it with a grain of salt, but there's a newly leaked roadmap that offers some clues about AMD's laptop APU plans.

AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs to get Zen 3+, Navi 2, and DDR5?

Sometime next year, AMD is expected to introduce its Rembrandt-based laptop APUs. These chips will replace the current Cezanne processors. It's believed Rembrandt will be manufactured on 6nm, an enhanced version of TSMC's 7nm node.

Unless AMD makes significant changes to its naming scheme, Rembrandt should hit the market as the Ryzen 6000 series. There will be several big updates. First up, Rembrandt should feature the enhanced Zen 3+ cores. Next, it will be the first high-end APU to adopt the Navi 2 architecture. And lastly, Rembrandt should feature DDR5 and LPDDR5 memory support.
On a microarchitectural level, Ryzen 6000 will utilize an optimized version of Zen 3. The Zen 3+ parts will likely arrive with optimizations in the form of a small frequency bump. According to the leaked roadmap, Ryzen 6000 will support DDR5 and LPDDR5 memory. In terms of graphics, Ryzen 6000 will finally leverage AMD's Navi 2 (RDNA 2) graphics engine, and it'll be the first APU to do so. As usual, Ryzen 6000 will compete in the 45W and 15W power brackets with Rembrandt-H and Rembrandt-U, respectively.
Rembrandt will get a Rembrandt-H version for 45W use cases and a Rembrandt-U model for 15W TDP laptops. AMD's roadmap also contains Barcelo-U, this is another new 15W TDP chip that will combine 7nm Zen 3 cores with Vega 7 graphics. It's similar to Lucienne-U but with Zen 3 cores instead of Zen 2-based cores.

Moving down the product lineup, Van Gogh will be replaced by Dragon Crest in 2022. Van Gogh will be released later this year, it's a 7nm Zen 2-based APU with Navi 2 graphics and LPDDR5 support. It has a 9W TDP. At least on the surface, Dragon Crest uses exactly the same configuration.

For the extreme low-power market, AMD has nothing new on its roadmap. This segment will be served by Pollock throughout 2021 and 2022. Pollock is a 4.5W TDP APU with 14nm Zen cores and Vega-based integrated graphics.

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