AMD reveals roadmap in preparation for next phase of growth

Chipmaker AMD has detailed the next phase of its long-term growth strategy at its Financial Analyst Day.

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Focusing on delivering products and technologies for a combined $60 billion market for PCs, immersive devices, and datacenters, AMD president and CEO Lisa Su aims to take advantage of the major shifts in technology industry to deliver significant financial returns.

“We are entering the next phase of our growth strategy through ramping our phenomenal new products across a diverse set of markets,” Su said. “AMD is the only company with the combination of high-performance computing and graphics technologies required to deliver truly immersive and instinctive computing experiences.”

Datacenter Updates

AMD ushered in a new era of high-performance server processors and datacenter with EPYC.

EPYC aims to revolutionize the dual-socket server market while simultaneously reshaping expectations for single-socket servers. Previously codenamed “Naples,” this new family of high-performance processors for cloud will deliver the Zen x86 engine scaling up to 32 physical cores. According to AMD, the first EPYC-based servers will launch in June.

Client Compute Updates

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors leverage the company’s x86 Zen core architecture to deliver advanced feature sets, increased efficiency, and leadership performance in today’s most demanding PC workloads.

Upcoming AMD client compute processors include:

  • Consumer desktop PC solutions
    • Ryzen Threadripper
    • Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs are scheduled for availability in Q3 2017
    • AMD provided an ecosystem update on its in-market Ryzen desktop processors noting that it expects Ryzen-powered Windows-based systems from the top five OEMs to launch in Q2 2017.
  • Consumer notebook PC solutions
    • Ryzen Mobile APUs (codenamed “Raven Ridge”)
  • Commercial PC solutions
    • Ryzen PRO desktop solutions are slated for availability in the second half of 2017.
    • Ryzen PRO mobile is planned for first half of 2018.

Graphics Updates

AMD announced the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, its first graphics card based on the high-end Radeon Vega architecture and as a premier solution for both machine learning and advanced visualization.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition delivers an estimated 25 TFLOPS of FP16 and an estimated 13 TFLOPS of FP32 peak performance and is designed to handle the most demanding design, rendering, and machine intelligence workloads. It will be available for purchase in Q2 2017.

Technology Updates

AMD also explained its next-generation processor, graphics, and platform technologies that will power future high-performance server, client, graphics, and semi-custom products. Its roadmap implements next-generation technologies than can deliver substantial performance and energy efficiency gains, accelerate the adoption of AMD technologies, and expand the computing capabilities of a wide-range of systems.

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