Back in January, a rumored engineering sample of AMD Gonzalo SoC (system-on-chip) named “ZG16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9” was sighted. It will be at the very core of Microsoft’s and Sony’s(Xbox Next / PlayStation 5) next-generation consoles.
The production stage could be nearer than we thought, for both Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles. It could take as little as three months for a qualification sample SoC to get to the production stage.
What’s perhaps even more interesting is that the codename of this latest Gonzalo SoC begins with a Z and according to Marvin’s AMD decoder, that means it’s a qualification sample. “Z” means this part is a Qualification Sample as opposed to a shipping retail part. “G” is thought to be a console reference. “1670” refers to the frequency, model number, and chipset, but the exact meaning in this context is unclear. The next bit, “2A,” refers to TDP and VRM, but we don’t know what this signifies precisely. “E” refers to the physical package — another unknown at this point.
“8” is the physical core count, “J” refers to a still-unknown cache configuration, and B2 is the core stepping. This has increased from A2 in the previous part, implying that this is a later revision of the same chip.