AMD has been following Intel’s step on the support for instruction set. The company took the lead for the first time by announcing SSE5 before the launch of Bulldozer architecture. But Intel is taking back the throne by supporting more advanced AVX-512 for its upcoming 10nm Cannonlake CPUs, while AMD’s Zen only supports AVX 256bit.
AVX-512 instructions are said to offer higher performance for the most demanding computational tasks and first implemented in Intel Xeon Phi processor which are designed for high-end server markets.
Intel is launching 14nm Kabylake processor this year, and shipping its sucessor – 10nm Cannonlake, in the second half of 2017. Elena Demikhovsky, who works for the chip giant, has recently confirmed that all Cannonlake CPUs will have AVX-512 support along with the SHA Extensions and UMIP.
Anyway, AMD still has time to catch up. There will also be an improved version of Zen architecture – Zen+, on which we’ll hopefully see something new.
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