AMD fans will have to wait until the end of the year to get their hands on the latest Zen-based CPUs.

During an earnings call earlier this week, AMD Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Su said that talks were currently underway with PC makers regarding the use of Summit Ridge processors in high performance desktops. These new processors will likely be sold as part of the AMD FX brand.

The new Zen architecture will reportedly feature a number of improvements including a new high bandwidth cache system through which CPU, memory and the cache can communicate more effectively.

According to a report on PC World, the new chips will also use the 14nm FinFET process to improve energy efficiency.

This process also increases performance according to Su. Internal testing has revealed up to 40% performance increase per cycle when compared to the current Excavator based CPUs.

The CEO has also reported that Zen is meeting internal expectations and there are no significant bottlenecks to report.

AMD had a very bad 2015

Revenue from AMD’s Computing and Graphics division – which is responsible for all the CPUs and GPUs the company ships – fell to $470 million in the last quarter of 2015, a decline from $622 million at the same time the previous year.

The manufacturer’s total revenue also took a hit, falling to $958 million compared to $1.24 billion in 2014.

This is the fifth quarter in a row that AMD has reported a loss.

Competitor, Intel is getting ready to launch new Kaby Lake processors later this year, and Zen is going to have to be good to tempt enthusiasts into switching to team red when the chips launch at the end of the year.

[Via – PC World]
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