AMD’s Next-Gen Sound Wave APUs Spotted – Strix, Sarlak & Kracken Possibility Utilize Chiplet Design

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AMD’s Next-Gen Sound Wave APUs Spotted – Strix, Sarlak & Kracken Possibility Utilize Chiplet Design

Details regarding AMD’s next-gen APUs such as Strix, Sarlak, Kraken & Sound Wave have been exposed & give us an insight into the red team’s plan for future mobility and desktop platforms.

AMD’s Next-Gen APUs Could Go Heavy On Chiplet Designs, Sound Wave Also Exposed In Leak

AMD is working on a range of APUs for future mobility platforms that might also roll down to desktops. The most imminent next-generation lineup is going to be Strix (or Strix Point) which features the upcoming Zen 5 core architecture along with a refreshed RDNA 3.5 architecture to power the graphics side.

The AMD Strix APUs will fall under the Ryzen 8050 family and will deliver a brand new NPU known as XDNA 2 “Ryzen AI” which will offer a 3x improvement in AI compute performance (up to 48 TOPS). These APUs are expected to replace the current Hawk Point APU “Ryzen 8040” family in the second half of 2024.

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Following Strix Point will be next year’s Kracken Point which will utilize the same Zen 5 cores with RDNA 3.5 GPUs. These chips were previously designed to feature RDNA 4 cores but that plan was dropped. The current information suggests that the Kracken APUs will utilize up to 8 cores in Zen 5 and Zen 5C flavors and offer up to 8 compute units so we are looking at a very mainstream lineup of chips.

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Now the most interesting thing mentioned in the information is that Sarlak and Strix will have different IO die configurations which suggests a chiplet design. AMD’s Strix APUs will come in two configurations, a standard monolithic with up to 12 CPU cores & 16 CUs and a premium chiplet design that will offer up to 16 CPU cores & 40 CUs. There are rumors that Sarlak is the internal codename for the premium Strix offering but that doesn’t seem to be the case looking at the info available here since it lists both Strix and Sarlak IO dies separately.

Lastly, there’s a mention of Sound Wave which could be AMD’s next-gen APUs based on an advanced process node with the latest technologies such as Zen 6 and RDNA 5. Little is known about Sound Wave but it is listed after Kracken which means we can see it launch in 2026.

One should also note that the process node technologies listed for each AMD APU aren’t accurate & could mask their true process technologies. Strix is listed in both A0 & B0 stepping. AMD’s Zen 5 core architecture is likely to be unveiled at this year’s Computex so we will know for sure in just a few months of the future of APUs.

AMD Ryzen Mobility CPUs:

CPU Family Name AMD Sound Wave? AMD Krackan Point AMD Fire Range AMD Strix Point Halo AMD Strix Point AMD Hawk Point AMD Dragon Range AMD Phoenix AMD Rembrandt AMD Cezanne AMD Renoir AMD Picasso AMD Raven Ridge
Family Branding TBD AMD Ryzen 9040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 8055 (HX-Series) AMD Ryzen 8050 (H-Series) AMD Ryzen 8050 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 8040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 7045 (HX-Series) AMD Ryzen 7040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 6000
AMD Ryzen 7035
AMD Ryzen 5000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 4000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 3000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 2000 (H/U-Series)
Process Node TBD 4nm 5nm 4nm 4nm 4nm 5nm 4nm 6nm 7nm 7nm 12nm 14nm
CPU Core Architecture Zen 6? Zen 5 Zen 5 Zen 5C Zen 5 + Zen 5C Zen 4 + Zen 4C Zen 4 Zen 4 Zen 3+ Zen 3 Zen 2 Zen + Zen 1
CPU Cores/Threads (Max) TBD 8/16 16/32 16/32 12/24 8/16 16/32 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 4/8 4/8
L2 Cache (Max) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 4 MB 16 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache (Max) TBD 32 MB TBD 64 MB 32 MB 16 MB 32 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 8 MB 4 MB 4 MB
Max CPU Clocks TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 5.4 GHz 5.2 GHz 5.0 GHz (Ryzen 9 6980HX) 4.80 GHz (Ryzen 9 5980HX) 4.3 GHz (Ryzen 9 4900HS) 4.0 GHz (Ryzen 7 3750H) 3.8 GHz (Ryzen 7 2800H)
GPU Core Architecture RDNA 5 iGPU? RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3 4nm iGPU RDNA 2 6nm iGPU RDNA 3 4nm iGPU RDNA 2 6nm iGPU Vega Enhanced 7nm Vega Enhanced 7nm Vega 14nm Vega 14nm
Max GPU Cores TBD 12 CUs (786 cores) 2 CUs (128 cores) 40 CUs (2560 Cores) 16 CUs (1024 Cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 2 CUs (128 cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 8 CUs (512 cores) 8 CUs (512 cores) 10 CUs (640 Cores) 11 CUs (704 cores)
Max GPU Clocks TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 2800 MHz 2200 MHz 2800 MHz 2400 MHz 2100 MHz 1750 MHz 1400 MHz 1300 MHz
TDP (cTDP Down/Up) TBD 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 55W-75W (65W cTDP) 25-125W 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 55W-75W (65W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 15W-55W (65W cTDP) 15W -54W(54W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 12-35W (35W cTDP) 35W-45W (65W cTDP)
Launch 2026? 2025? 2H 2024? 2H 2024? 2H 2024 Q1 2024 Q1 2023 Q2 2023 Q1 2022 Q1 2021 Q2 2020 Q1 2019 Q4 2018

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