Next-gen Sonic APU: 3nm for Future Xbox

AMD’s Next-Generation APU Development and Future Prospects

AMD’s APU can be hailed as one of the most powerful integrated graphics terminal products available today. Its integrated graphics performance is already comparable to mid-range to low-end dedicated graphics cards. Moreover, higher specification APUs are set to be unveiled in the second half of this year. AMD has also announced plans to adopt TSMC’s 3nm process technology in the future, which will elevate the transistor count and energy efficiency to new heights. In addition, news about AMD’s future APU has already surfaced, with expectations of launching an APU codenamed “Sound Wave” in 2026, capable of reaching the level of mid-range dedicated graphics cards.

Reports circulating from internal sources at AMD suggest that in addition to the new generation Ryzen processors set to be released this year, details about an APU based on the 3nm process have also emerged. Codenamed “Sound Wave,” this processor is likely to make its debut around 2026, featuring AMD’s latest Zen 6 architecture and accompanied by a GPU based on the RDNA 5 architecture. According to previous statements by Microsoft, the next generation of Xbox consoles is expected to be unveiled by 2026. Therefore, this APU is likely to be tailored for Xbox consoles and then transplanted with almost the same architecture into the consumer market, introducing a youth edition APU that is anticipated to surpass current mid-range dedicated graphics cards in terms of performance.

This year, AMD will introduce the Strix Point architecture APU, expected to be named the Ryzen 8050 series, built on a 4nm process technology and Zen 4 architecture. Moving into the next year, APUs will undergo a significant upgrade, featuring a 4nm process technology and CPU based on Zen 5 architecture, as well as a GPU with RDNA 5 architecture. Furthermore, it’s anticipated that even the Sony PS5 Pro will employ an improved version of AMD’s APU.

In recent years, the development of APUs has been quite rapid, with AMD making significant strides in the APU sector. The future seems to suggest that APUs as well as Intel’s integrated graphics will progressively replace mid-range dedicated graphics cards, while the graphics cards segment will veer towards more specialized applications or continue to advance towards the high-end market.

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