AMD recently held a conference at Core innovation and just now announced their Opteron roadmap for 2014-2016. At this conference, AMD revealed their upcoming K12 architecture family APUs-SOCs and 20nm Project Skybridge.
AMD Announces Roadmap for 2014-2016- 20nm Project SkyBridge and K12 ARM For 2016
The Project SkyBridge is the AMD’s ambidextrous computing architecture that allows x86 Cores and ARM cores to be pin-to-pin compatible, allowing the motherboard to run off both SOCs and APUs.
The AMD Skybridge project will be the AMD new family of APUs and SOCs based on Ultra-Low power Cortex A57 Cores with AMD’s GNC Core architecture which is based on 20nm and will be available in market in 2015. A57 APU will support 64-bit instructions set through ARMv8. Surprisingly, the Skybridge project will be pin-compatible with the x86-based APU Puma+, which should facilitate the integration of two APU for OEMs. The APU ARM will also be equipped with HSA technology which allows for the CPU and GPU work together in a unified cylinder.
AMD Announces Exclusively Developed K12 ARM Core
Now come to the second part, in 2016 according to the Lisa Su AMD plans to develop its own ARM architecture called K12 and based on the ARMv8 instruction set. This new ARMv8 CPU core which has been codenamed K12 will be developed under the supervision of Jim Keller, who is the head of this project the chip will be based on K7, K8 and Hyper-Transport architectures. The manufacturer has not indicated the fine engraving, but it is possible that either 14/16nm FinFET if TSMC or GlobalFoundries are ready on time. These K12 ARM APUs/SOCs will be developed alongside the new 64-bit x86 Cores from AMD for their current non-ARM APU lineup.
The Skybridge and the K12 architecture, both will be compatible with Android, AMD shows his sign in the arrival of ultra mobility field with the line of sight Smartphones and tablets but also the area of embedded and connected objects.