Along with its plans to bring higher performance and better power efficiency to its GPUs, AMD's next-generation Polaris architecture will be split into two distinct bands. One is aimed at console-grade light notebooks, but the other is…
One chipset, one socket and as many chips as AMD can shake a stick at. That's what the next-generation Zen hardware is all about, simplifying the process of hitching to AMD's cart while bringing performance to new levels.
Although TSMC will still be involved at the high-end, AMD has confirmed that GlobalFoundries will handle the entry-level GPUs for the Polaris generation, as well as mobile focused APUs and CPUs from the Zen series.
AMD's current GPU lineup suffers from poor efficiency, which makes the red team's cards hotter and more power-hungry at a given level of performance. Polaris hopes to fix that with a new architecture design and FinFET transistors.
Even if it won't be until next year when we learn specifications and potential performance, AMD's next-generation graphics architecture could well be called Polaris, with an emphasis on power efficiency.
Long time AMD manufacturing partner TSMC may have been kicked to the curb, as AMD is said to be shifting its next-generation GPU and CPU production to Samsung. AMD will continue to utilize GlobalFoundries, as well.