In late November, AMD filed a trademark application with the USPTO for a new logo used by Sunnyvale for its second-generation Vega graphics architecture based on TSMC’s state-of-the-art 7 nm silicon manufacturing process. AMD registers a new logo for Vega 20 at 7 nm.
The new logo resembles the original Vega, with two bands identifying the Roman number II. This new logo could appear and be marketed on a number of new Radeon Pro and Radeon Instinct graphics cards, as so far nothing is known of an alleged Vega-based graphics card at 7 nm, nor has it been officially presented. This process at 7 nm is the same as the one used in the Navi architecture that would come onto the market in 2019.
The new Vega 20 silicon, manufactured by TSMC at 7 nm, features a doubling of memory bandwidth thanks to its 4096-bit HBM2 interface and the optical reduction of the GPU to the 7-nanometer node, which could allow AMD to significantly accelerate clocks without significantly increasing power consumption.
The introduction of the original Vega architecture at 7 nm was a complete failure in the gaming market, mainly due to the scarcity of HBM2 memory, which made the cards very expensive, and the low availability due to the high popularity of Vega for obtaining crypto coins. Everything suggests that the arrival of Vega 20 in crypto mining would be less uneven than its predecessor, although it does not appear to be in AMD’s current plans.