AMD has released an official video revealing that the upcoming platform, which will follow socket AM4, will be released in 2022. This platform, most likely the AM5 platform, will at least support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.
In the video, Robert Hallock, director of technical marketing at AMD, says the AM4 socket has come to the end of its life and the platform has been functioning well for nearly five years. He says there will be a new platform next year that, in addition to support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, will also support, for example, continuing to use existing coolers for the AM4 platform. Neither Hallock nor the other participant in the video, chief marketing officer John Taylor, directly mentions the AM5 platform, but that is most likely what is being referred to. This is the platform for the upcoming Zen 4 CPUs.
Hallock also spoke about the arrival of Ryzen CPUs with 3D V-Cache. They will also come out next year. It is not yet clear whether this technology of stacking memory chips on top of the processor core complex will also make its way to the Ryzen 5000 and 6000 series. It is clear that these processors will still be released for the current AM4 platform.
The video also reveals that AMD will introduce new laptop CPUs with better power efficiency next year. According to Hallock, there are a number of features that will contribute to that, including a feature called Power Management Framework. That is the name for the ability to choose between multiple power management algorithms via firmware. The idea is that algorithms can be switched depending on the type of task being performed. For example, there will be an algorithm that applies a specific configuration when working in a text document, but there will also be an algorithm that specifically responds to gaming. According to Hallock, this will lead to better battery life.