AMD’s Next-Gen Van Gogh APU Shows ‘256-Bit DDR5’ Memory Support

AMD’s next-generation client accelerated processing unit (APU) supports a 256-bit DDR5 memory interface, according to a Linux Kernel boot log published by AMD itself. If the information is correct, then AMD’s upcoming APU could offer a massive boost in memory-intensive workloads, such as graphics. 

AMD’s Van Gogh is a rather enigmatic APU that is believed to integrate general-purpose cores based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture as well as a graphics engine based on the RDNA2 architecture, which makes it similar to the custom system-on-chips (SoCs) that AMD developed for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X as well as Sony’s PlayStation 5. The processor is expected to be made using TSMC’s N7 process technology, though this information does not come from AMD. To add some more mystery, AMD’s Van Gogh was rumored to feature a DDR5 memory subssystem and then strangely lost this capability, but gained LPDDR5 support.

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