Leaker MebiuW published a roadmap last year listing AMD's plans for 2021. Now a missing part of that roadmap has emerged. Before Videocardz was removed, he spotted a tweet from @sepeuwmjh with details on the upcoming Zen 4 line of products. The new processor series with the code name "Raphael" is expected to come onto the market in early 2022 with functions such as DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.
@sepeuwmjh (via Videocardsz)
Raphael is following a rumored Zen 3 update in late 2021 that builds on the Ryzen 5000 platform that was so successful for AMD last year. The preliminary Ryzen 6000 (Zen 3+) is to be based on the 6 nm process node from TSMC, which is a revision of the 7 nm process node presented in Ryzen 5000. Raphael, on the other hand, is said to be based on TSMC's 5 nm process, which is a completely new design.
Ryzen 7000 (Raphael, Zen 4) brings some other changes. The leak shows that the Ryzen 7000 has PCIe 5.0, DDR5 support, the AM5 socket, and integrated RDNA 2 graphics. AMD hasn't put an integrated graphics chip into its mainstream processors in the past few generations, so integrating an iGPU is a big deal. Rumor has it that Raphael is launching ahead of a separate line of 5nm APUs, suggesting that AMD is targeting Intel with integrated graphics on its mainstream platform.
A tweet from @ Olrak29_ put the new and previous leaks together to provide a full AMD roadmap through 2023. In addition to Zen 3+ and Zen 4, the roadmap shows a new range of APUs and Threadripper 5000 (codenamed “Chagall”). which is supposed to launch later this year.
The legitimacy of the rumors is likely accurate. The new Raphael Square fits perfectly into last year's chopped up street map and confirms the images are from the same source. The only point of contention is timing. The rumor mill has positioned Ryzen 7000 for launch in 2022, but with high demand from manufacturer TSMC and a global semiconductor shortage, it could take longer. Regardless, it's clear that AMD has something up its sleeve. We hope to find out more as soon as CES 2022 is around.