As AMD B550 and A520 chipset production are said to start within Q1 2020, the reports of the upcoming AMD 600-series chipsets is confirmed by DigiTimes. The publication quoted an unnamed industry source about its arrival before 2020 ends. These will be manufactured by a Taiwan-based integrated circuit company owned by ASUS- ASMedia.
AMD 600-Series chipsets in-sync with its Ryzen 4000 series CPUs
The China Times said ASMedia is expected to start producing the low-cost B550 and A520 chipsets by this quarter. The chipmaker is also expected to manufacture the upcoming mainstream/ enthusiast AMD 600-series chipsets for the ‘Vermeer’ series desktop CPUs probably to be called as the Ryzen-4000 series. These CPUs are expected to arrive in the second half of 2020.
About the upcoming B550 and A520 desktop chipsets
The upcoming budget desktop chipset variants will provide PCIe 4.0 downstream bandwidth, enabling a PCIe x16 4.0 slot. These are also built to comply with AMD’s new PCB requirements. This will result in better CPU VRM and memory wiring specifications, indicating better overclocking. The B550 will retire the B450 series while the A520 will retire the A320 desktop chipsets. This would be the first PCIe 4.0 supported chipsets ASMedia will be making as they did not get orders for AMD X570 chipsets.
ASMedia’s hands in USB 3.2 2X2 and 4.0 manufacturing
The company is seeing a healthy rise in development and manufacturing upcoming chipsets this year due to the US-China trade war, prompting companies to order via ASMedia for packet conversion ICs and USB 3.2 2×2 controllers for Server CPUs. This standard doubles up the currently USB 3.1 Gen 2’s 10Gbps speeds. There are also news reports of ASMedia developing USB 4.0 controllers. Progress seems promising as the company will release these well within 2020 to start receiving orders.