On Wednesday night during the Intel Developer Forum convention in San Francisco, AMD held its own special The Path to Zen mini-conference providing additional information about its next-generation Zen processor x86 core architecture, and the first processor chips to use these cores, Summit Ridge.

In a nutshell, the new core technology will provide a 40 percent jump in instructions per clock over the previous generation, and may give Intel a run for its money when the Summit Bridge chips finally hit the market.

The special event for the press and analysts was hosted by AMD CEO Lisa Su.

As previously reported, Summit Ridge will be based on 14nm FinFET process technology offered by GlobalFoundries, the same process used on AMD s Polaris-based graphics chips.

AM4 supports goodies like DDR4 system memory, the company s APUs, PCI Express Gen3, USB 3.1 Gen2, NVMe, SATA Express storage, and loads more.

OEM PC designs will sport the AM4 platform in solutions with A-Series processors sometime in this half of 2016.

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