The CEO of AMD, Lisa Su has announced the new Vega architecture based on the 7nm manufacturing process. AMD is calling this new architecture as Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm. The Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm is the successor to the Radeon Instinct MI25. According to the company, the Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm is targeted at machine learning. Currently, AMD does not want to comment whether and if the Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm can make it to the gaming market.
The shrink from Radeon Instinct MI25’s 14nm manufacturing process to Radeon Instinct Vega’s 7nm manufacturing process will allow for more number of transistors to fit in the similarly sized chipset. Thereby, increasing the raw power by a huge margin. As the Radeon Instinct Vega is focused on machine learning, we expect it to have some architectural changes over gaming focused Vega architecture.
According to the roadmap showcased by AMD, the Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm is followed by Navi architecture, which is also based on the 7nm manufacturing process. It looks like a safer bet to just shift from 14nm manufacturing process to 7nm manufacturing process, which is why AMD has not jumped to the Navi architecture.
The machine learning market is currently dominated by Nvidia Volta due to better performance. AMD’s products may not have such degree of performance, but at the same time, they aren’t as costly as Nvidia Volta either. For your information, the Nvidia Volta uses 12nm manufacturing process. According to us, the Vega Instinct’s 7nm manufacturing process gives it an edge over the 12nm manufacturing process of Nvidia Volta. Due to which, AMD has a real chance this time to shine in the machine learning market.
Apart from the new hardware, AMD says that it has a production level machine learning software stack. Having a smart, optimised software is as important as having powerful hardware in the machine learning. AMD has not yet revealed availability details of the Vega Instinct based products. However, we expect the new products to be launched in late 2018, or early 2019.