How many die does AMD’s Milan have?

Our crack team of psychics ‘investigates’

AMD EPYC LogoSemiAccurate has long wondered what the die count for AMD’s Milan CPU would be, and today we can tell you. Since it is the first day of Q2 today, our self-imposed embargo has been lifted but the real story is how we found it out.

It all started weeks ago when SemiAccurate writers got really really bored so we started digging for information. The one thing we couldn’t find was the die count for AMD’s 2020 CPU called Milan. Sure we got the die count for Rome last July, months ahead of anyone else but that wasn’t enough. This time we wanted to be months and at least a few days ahead of the pack. So we dug, mainly out of boredom but as usual we will make up a better excuse if we ever sober up.

Our first stop was our trusted Canadian mole hangout nicknamed ‘the hill’ because that is what you call a mole domicile. We asked nicely. They refused to talk. We asked even nicelier and they still refused. We got angry. They laughed. So we ended up making our favorite Canadian tapas variant called, “mole, eh” for dinner. It was good but we still didn’t have the Milan die count.

When SemiAccurate’s best moles fail there is only one choice left drink heavily and call dial-a-psychic. If we remember right this path also failed to net us the information, not because dial-a-psychic is ever wrong but we took the drinking heavily part a bit to seriously which meant the dial part of dial-a-psychic was a major impediment. Defeated we took the next step.

Yes we sent pictures of our freshly cooked mole, eh to all of our moles, along with pertinent movie clips from The Godfather among others. The emails were pretty blunt, “Milan: We want numbers”. This one seemed to work quite well because we got a lot of emails back titled Milan which contained a lot of numbers! Yay! Time for the good parts you have been waiting for.

The numbers we got, in order, are 1. 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 32, 48, and 64. As you can see the progression is obvious, every odd number from 1-19 and the core counts of Naples and Rome. Since both the old and new Rome variants were mentioned it looks like these moles were actually clued in. As long time SemiAccurate readers will note the Milan die count sticks out like a blinking red light. For new readers on this first day of April, we will tell you how to figure it out.

The formula is simple, take the numbers supplied, add the temperature from yesterday in degrees Fahrenheit, and divide by the work week, Intel’s WW count, not AMD’s of course. And what do you get? 15. So there you have it, over a year before launch and if we are sober enough to do the math right, you have the die count for Milan months and a few days before anyone else. It is either that or 17, we are not sure which. The irrefutable math says it is 15 but we like 17 better, don’t you? Oh heck, lets just stick with 15 for now.

Now lets take a look at what these ‘numbers’ mean, and give out the recipe for mole, eh, to our valued subscribers.

Note: Not too many moles were harmed in the making of this April Fool’s day story. Those that were ended up in a very nice dish so it is all good.

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Disclosures: Charlie Demerjian and Stone Arch Networking Services, Inc. have no consulting relationships, investment relationships, or hold any investment positions with any of the companies mentioned in this report.

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Charlie Demerjian is the founder of Stone Arch Networking Services and SemiAccurate.com. SemiAccurate.com is a technology news site; addressing hardware design, software selection, customization, securing and maintenance, with over one million views per month. He is a technologist and analyst specializing in semiconductors, system and network architecture. As head writer of SemiAccurate.com, he regularly advises writers, analysts, and industry executives on technical matters and long lead industry trends. Charlie is also a council member with Gerson Lehman Group. FullyAccurate