AMD Files Five New Trademarks Related to Zen and AI

With AMD’s “New Horizon” event just around the corner, the company has just filed five interesting trademarks that are apparently related to the next-gen Zen architecture and artificial intelligence. These are: RyZen, ThreadRipper, Jitzu, Joro & Gork. But what these new trademarks could possibly mean? Let’s find out.

AMD’s new Zen Trademarks & Potential AI Codenames Spotted

Let’s start with the “RyZen” trademark. Filed by AMD on July 28, RyZen appears to be related to AMD’s upcoming Zen CPUs. The trademark’s description states :

Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; chip sets, integrated circuits; graphics processors; and accelerated processors.

The description is quite vague, and it’s quite difficult to tell what RyZen could possibly be. It could be a new CPU brand, a feature, or a specific product, we don’t really know at this point. So we can only wait and see until more details come our way.

Next in line is the “ThreadRipper” trademark which was filed on October 25. Like RyZen, it’s description is quite vague as well, stating:

Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; microprocessor subsystems; computer hardware subsystems; computer subsystems; graphics software; chipsets; integrated circuits; graphics processors; accelerated processors; graphics cards; video cards; video game software; computer software; video game consoles; virtual reality headsets; computer workstations; computer servers; solid state drives; volatile memory and dynamic random-access memory.

The only thing that could give some hint is the word “thread” in the name. Which suggests that it has to do something with Zen. To be more specific, I’m under the impression that it could be AMD’s own version of Intel’s HyperThreading. But that’s just speculation on my part, and I can be way off.

The other three trademarks – JORO, JITZU and GROK – were filed on the same day, July 25. This what their description reads:

Semiconductor devices; semiconductor chips; semiconductors; computer hardware; microprocessor modules; microprocessor subsystems; computer hardware subsystems; computer subsystems; graphics software; chipsets; integrated circuits; graphics processors; accelerated processors; graphics cards; video cards; video game software; computer software; video game consoles; virtual reality headsets; computer workstations; computer servers; solid state drives; volatile memory and dynamic random-access memory.

Again, the description is vague, but digging deeper into where the words are derived from, reveals that they are related to AI and machine-learning. This isn’t surprising considering AMD CEO Lisa Su repeatedly dropped hints about the company’s plans to expand to the AI & autonomous, driver-less, car markets like its rival, Nvidia.

AMD to Preview Zen CPUs at New Horizon

AMD recently had a press release about their “New Horizon” live stream that will be happening on December 13 at 3pm CST. At the event, the chipmaker will give a sneak preview of their new Zen CPU, and this will be the first time the public will be able to try it themselves and see its capabilities. The Zen based processors are set to be released in Q1 2017.

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Last week’s rumors have the Zen processors launching in three distinct tiers – SR7, SR5 and SE3 – with flagship SR (possibly Summit Ridge) tier featuring eight cores and 16 threads. An engineering sample of the new processor with 3.5Ghz boost clock was spotted recently. The chip is rumored to retail for around $499 while competing with the $999 Intel Core i7-5960X in terms of performance.

The Zen based Summit Ridge family of desktop CPUs is expected to debut at CES 2017 in January. The CPU launch will be accompanied by a plethora of brand-new AM4 motherboards featuring the high-end X370 series chipset.