AMD hold-ups Ryzen 7040HS series and Intel cancels Thunder Bay SoCs

What simply taken place? Intel and AMD both suffered casualties today. Group Red lost its schedule at the last minute and needed to delay this month’s launch of the 7040HS series to April. Group Blue bid farewell to a specific niche accelerator that it never ever got to release– RIP Thunder Bay.

Declared at CES 2023, AMD’s Ryzen 7040HS series (codenamed Phoenix) and the just recently launched 7045HX series are based on Zen 4 and utilize TSMC’s N4 node, however the resemblances stop there. The HS series includes a monolithic die that integrates an RDNA3 GPU with approximately 8 cores, and the HX series utilizes a chiplet style ported from the desktop series with just a fundamental integrated RDNA2 GPU however approximately 16 cores.

Late Friday afternoon, AMD revealed that the 7040HS series had actually been postponed by a month to straighten out the bugs. “We now anticipate our OEM partners to release the very first note pads powered by Ryzen 7040HS series processors in April,” Group Red stated in a news release.


Design Cores/ Threads Base/ Increase Clock L2 + L3 Cache GPU CUs cTDP
R9 7940HS 8/ 16 4.0/ 5.2 GHz 24 MB 12 35-54 W
R7 7840HS 8/ 16 3.8/ 5.1 GHz 24 MB 12 35-54 W
R5 7640HS 6/ 12 4.3/ 5.0 GHz 22 MB 8 35-54 W

There are 3 designs in the HS series: the R9 7940HS and R7 7840HS with 8 cores each and the R5 7640HS with 6 cores. All 3 have approximately 5 GHz increase clocks and target a 35-54 W power bracket. The CPUs likewise come geared up with devoted AI accelerators, and modest incorporated RDNA3 GPUs clocked simply under 3 GHz, planned to take on the GTX 1650.

Thunder Bay

Intel began sending spots to the Linux kernel recently that got rid of assistance for the Thunder Bay SoC. Phoronix discovered the description in a gloomy spot note: “the item got canceled, and there are no end consumers or users.”

Thunder Bay was the codename of an SoC that Intel initially referenced in its submissions to the Linux kernel in 2021. Reports stated it combined Movidius VPUs (visual processing systems) with Xeon cores, however its now-removed motorists exposed that it had Arm A53 cores rather.

Do not fret if the name Movidius has you scratching your head. Intel obtained the business, that makes AI accelerators for IoT applications, in 2016, and phased out its branding. Intel continues to silently launch Movidius VPUs every number of years ever since however primarily incorporated the tech into its other lines, consisting of the 13th-gen Core CPUs as the AI system.

Group Blue most likely hasn’t deserted its strategies to establish accelerators like Thunder Bay however has actually paused them as part of its current efforts to cut expenses.

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