AMD's bet for 2017Electric components have become part of our daily life without us taking notice, in every traffic light, car, smartphone and even light screens, there is an integrated circuit that makes them work according to how manufacturers want, although most of them eventually fail with time. There has been constant development and a series of high grade studies to improve the electronic components we use daily. Most of us unknowingly have daily contact with electronic components, we see it but we do not recognize what they are and we should have some prior knowledge of electronic components since they have been accompanying us for a long time and will continue to accompany us for as long as we use technology.

Most of the big companies like Intel, AMD and Qualcomm among others, since their inception have dedicated themselves to create patents and prototypes of high performance processors, always aiming to make it smaller and achieve better results on the performance of components that form a computer or a smartphone . Processors are better known as CPUs (Central Processing Unit) and is the main element in graphic cards; It’s in charge of controlling all the graphics and floating processes of the integrated circuit. It can be found in devices such as desktop computers, calculators, cameras and  even in the watches we wear on our wrist, they all handle a process suited to their characteristics and in most cases they execute more than one process.

The bet for 2017

Since the electronic components market became so competitive, AMD has had to redeem itself in many aspects to create micro-processors at the same level of other manufacturers like intel. However most times, the opposite has been the case, It surpassed the competition and most of them have had to try to create a processor at the same level as AMD. The first quarter of 2017 for AMD has already been planned after Lisa Su (its’ C.E.O) confirmed the launch of a new generation of processors in development that will begin to be commercialized in the first quarter of 2017.

AMDs’ technology has not left manufacturers who make use of their processors for smartphones or desktop computers stranded, however it is well known that most computer users prefer to use Intel processors than AMD processors. There will always be competition between these two giants (Intel and AMD) being the best known in the market for the high performance of their processors and electronic components. One of the characteristics that go along with this, is that the Intel processor could reach costs of 900 euros compared to a high performance AMD processor which could reach costs of 400 euros.

The Generation of Zen Processors

After Lisa Su confirmed the new generation of AMD processors, she also made known some of the characteristics of these processors which in 2017 will deliver maximum performance and improve their positioning in the processor market. One of the most important things that AMD wants with its new generation of Zen processors is to increase its revenue and stay competitive in the market place with Intel processors like Core i5 and i7 but even more, not to give any chance to their rivals and remain at the top of the market so as not to have a drop in sales.

This generation of Zen processors will take the performance of AMD to another level, such that it can be considered as a stable processor for high performance “gaming”. AMD being the heart of video game consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox One S and also for the future Project Scorpio. AMD has decided to use it in its’ desktop components in order to be able to give its users more opportunities to enjoy better performance and enhanced user experience. Nanometer technology is also included in these processors; The size of this Zen generation processors is only 14 nanometers giving you greater performance and the possibility of improving cooling for the fact of it being a smaller processor.

Zen Architecture

The new AMD processors that will debut in the first quarter of 2017 have an architecture never seen before in AMD processors, so there is a lot of expectation as regards to the performance of these Zen processors. AMD confirms that these processors have a performance 40% higher than previous installments in the cycle of instructions per clock without leaving aside the fact that they will consume the same amount of energy. AMD has designed these processors so well that although they deliver higher performance, they being smaller can reduce energy consumption lowering it to an amount its size (14 nanometers).

AMD integrated a new x86 high-performance core that gives you higher expectations; Two subprocesses per core, large unified L2 cache memory, two AES drives, high efficiency transistors and shared cache memory of 8MB. This core is powered by an AMD platform called AM4 that comes into effect from the seventh generation of AMD processors which will not support input from other components, meaning the user can enjoy a faster and improved response and use technology Of AMD AM4. The launch date for these components is scheduled for February 2017 although it was once delayed, its launch was formerly scheduled for the end of 2016.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.