AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ Desktop CPUs Launching Early Next Year With ZEN 3 On TSMC 5nm+ Process Node, Claim Rumor

The AMD ‘Renoir’ Ryzen 4000 Series APUs for desktop was recently confirmed. It appears AMD is also planning to adopt the next-gen Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ CPUs for the desktop application. While the Renoir Ryzen 4000 Series APUs are based on the ZEN 2 Architecture, the Vermeer Ryzen 4000 Series CPUs will be based on the ZEN 3 Architecture. Moreover, the next-gen AMD CPUs are reportedly being manufactured on the advanced and newly finalized 5nm+ Fabrication Node.

The AMD ZEN 2 architecture is currently being manufactured on the TSMC’s 7nm EUV process. As reported earlier, TSMC was jointly developing newer and even smaller silicon wafer sizes. Accordingly, it appears the next-gen AMD Vermeer Ryzen 4000 Series CPUs will be manufactured on the 5nm+ Node. The report is as yet unconfirmed and uncorroborated. Moreover, in an earlier leaked presentation, it was implied that the AMD CPUs based on the ZEN 3 Architecture would be manufactured on the 7nm Fabrication Node.

TSMC 5nm+ Process Node Being Used By AMD To Fabricate Next-Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ Zen 3 Based Desktop CPUs:

According to a Tweet by Chia Kokhua (@Retired Engineer) on Twitter, it looks like AMD will be the primary customer for TSMC’s next-generation 5nm+ process node. The Taiwanese giant in semiconductor manufacturing had recently indicated that it had perfected the 5nm+ Fabrication process for silicon wafers. It wasn’t clear which company was at the forefront to benefit from the new production process. But it seems AMD could have bagged the same for its next-gen 5nm ZEN 3 Vermeer Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs.

TSMC is rumored to begin mass production of silicon chips on the 5nm+ Fabrication Node in the fourth quarter of 2020. With manufacturing units slowly resuming operations, the timeline could still be maintained to initiate mass production of silicon chips that could debut in the middle of next year.

For quite some time, AMD was rumored to replace its ZEN 2-based Ryzen 4000 Series family featuring TSMC’s 7nm node with ZEN 3 chips based on the more advanced 7nm EUV node from the Taiwanese company. However, the latest rumor and Tweet indicate AMD could bypass the 7nm process node in favor if TSMC’s recently perfected 5nm+ process. Needless to add, the new CPUs fabricated on the 5nm+ process should be able to deliver a substantial performance boost in terms of IPC Gains over the current generation of processors that are already giving Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs a very hard time.

AMD To Announce ZEN 2-Based Vermeer Ryzen 4000 Desktop CPUs At CES 2021?

The AMD ZEN 3 CPUs are expected to be announced in late Q3 (September/October) of the current year. Assuming mass production begins quickly, actual availability and launch could take place in 2021. Experts claim AMD night unveil its next-generation Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ Desktop CPUs at CES 2021.

Previous reports have indicated the ZEN 3 architecture will power AMD’s next-generation Milan line of EPYC server-grade CPUs this year. Hence it is quite likely that the new 5nm+ AMD CPUs will first head to enterprises and will be embedded in the HPC systems. Simply put, AMD will focus on building up inventory for companies first, while gradually scaling up production of Ryzen 4000 CPUs for consumer desktops.

The hastened launch of a ZEN 2 refresh family comprising of Ryzen 3000 Matisse CPUs during the middle of 2020 is an ample indicator of AMD rapidly evolving its production of next-gen Ryzen CPUs on the new production process. Needless to add, this will be another severe impact on Intel. The primary rival to AMD is still pushing itsCPUs fabricated on the highly mature 14nm Node and will be able to offer new CPUs on the 10nm Process by 2021. Meanwhile, AMD is rumored to move on to 5nm+ process.


Alap Naik Desai

A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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