Stoney Ridge may be the last Bulldozer-based APU
A while ago AMD shared its plans for the so-called Bristol Ridge platform that will succeed the current Kaveri Refresh sometime in 2016. Well, it appears that there will be one more and likely last Bulldozer-based family after Bristol Ridge and it will be called Stoney Ridge.
According to some preliminary information Stoney Ridge processors will have two x86 Excavator cores and three GCN cores for a total of five execution engines. This makes the chips low end APUs that look like a Carrizo chip cut in half. What’s more interesting, however, is the fact that the chips will be available in AM4, FP4 and FT4 packages, which means end users will get the whole treat – the Stoney Ridge processors will cover both the desktop and the mobile markets. In addition the processors will have TDP of just 14 watts, which will make them perfect for HTPCs but they will likely have a single-channeled DDR4 integrated memory controller, which should be okay since DDR4 will have better performance than DDR3. Moreover when Stoney Ridge appears in 2016, DDR4 will be mass-produced and hence its price will be much lower than what it costs right now. The tech process used for Stoney Ridge will likely be 14 nm so that’s another plus and AMD will also have the chance to test its 14 nm production process for the upcoming Zen processors.
This is what we know as of now. We doubt that the Bulldozer design will be missed but Stoney Ridge may turn out to be a great little processor just before Zen steps in.