While Intel has been the reigning king of the processor world, AMD has been catching up in the past 3-4 years. With their 2000 series Ryzen processors, AMD really did raise the bar. As good as they are, being a value offering really helped. Ryzen 2nd Gen was built on a 12nm architecture. While Intel still hasn’t moved to their planned 10nm node after a constant stream of delays.
Now with recent reports, AMD will be presenting their latest chips quite soon. While the architecture being used is still state of the art, AMD is set to push the limits of technology in this one. Their next chips will be based upon the 7nm process. Now, one may wonder, what would this mean. Well, keeping Moore’s law aside, for now, we head to basic physics. There is a certain surface area on which all the transistors lie. While this is the case, the size (7nm or 10nm) determines the size of said transistors. Once we cater to that, some simple basic knowledge and physics would help us realise that smaller the transistor, less power hungry it would be. Similarly, the smaller it is, the more transistors would fit in a single unit of space. Therefore to conclude, smaller the architecture, more powerful and power efficient it is.
Now, going back to AMD. According to a report by DigiTimes, AMD is to make quite the profits in the second half of 2019. Why would this be so? Well, as mentioned previously, AMD will be launching its new 7nm, 3000 series Ryzen processors. Not only would these processors be power efficient, but also quite powerful, in terms of processing power.
What would it look like for Intel then? Considering that Intel chips have been short in supply in the market due to various reasons, Ryzen would clearly be the alternative that people go to. It is also to be remembered that Ryzen chips are considerably cheaper than their counterpart Intel Chips. Now considering that a chip which has a more modern architecture, is cheap and in the same ballpark in terms of performance, it seems like a no brainer. Apart from that, the 12 and higher core processors by AMD will continue to trump those by Intel in multi core computation, also closing the gap in single core performance. A good year for AMD seems inevitable. Now, users have to just wait.
This is quite good actually. Not only would this increase competition in the market but would also result in superior technology to come out faster. It is also quite exciting that AMD, which has always struggled, is going head to head with a company which is gigantic in comparison. It also makes us wonder, would AMD be the emerging underdog in the coming years. Given that they have caught up from behind in the processor race, who knows, they may even give NVIDIA a run for their money.