AMD unveils expanding set of products and technologies propelling next phase of growth
By Digital News Asia May 18, 2017
- Targets PCs, immersive devices and data centre markets
- Unveils updates on data centre, client compute, graphics and more
Chipmaker AMD has revealed its unveil its long-term technology roadmap that will help to take the company to the next phase of growth.
The strategy is mainly targeted at the personal computers, immersive devices and data centres markets -- estimated to be worth over US$60 billion collectively.
"Our long-term technology roadmaps position AMD to take advantage of the major shifts in the technology industry and deliver significant financial returns," said AMD President and CEO Dr Lisa Su (pic above).
"We are entering the next phase of our growth strategy through ramping our phenomenal new products across a diverse set of markets. AMD is the only company with the combination of high-performance computing and graphics technologies required to deliver truly immersive and instinctive computing experiences."
Data Centre updates
AMD ushered in a new era for high-performance server processors and the datacenter with EPYC.
With its high core count, superior memory bandwidth, and unparalleled support for high-speed input/output (I/O) channels in a single chip, 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-based and traditional on-premise datacenters will deliver the highly-successful "Zen" x86 processing engine scaling up to 32 physical cores.
The first EPYC-based servers will launch in June with widespread support from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners.
Client compute updates
AMD said that its upcoming high-performance consumer and commercial Ryzen processors are designed to bring innovation and competition back to the full spectrum of premium PC markets.
These processors leverage the company's high-performance x86 "Zen" core architecture to deliver advanced feature sets, increased efficiency, and leadership performance on today's most demanding PC workloads.
"Strong adoption of our AMD Ryzen processors shows customers are ready and excited for the innovative performance and features we deliver ─ and we're just getting started," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Compute and Graphics business group.
"Our upcoming AMD Ryzen processor lineup builds on the foundation we have set to drive our further expansion into the high-performance desktop, premium consumer notebook, and commercial markets."
AMD also 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.
With 64 compute units (4096 stream processors), 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.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will be available for purchase in Q2 2017.
Meanwhile, the company detailed 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.
"Our engineering focus remains on delivering a steady drumbeat of new high-performance CPU and GPU architectures that build on the strong foundations we have set with 'Zen' and 'Polaris' to drive broader adoption of our products," said AMD senior vice president and CTO Mark Papermaster.
"Infinity Fabric is the secret sauce within each of our products that allows us to bring together our leadership x86 CPUs and graphics in an efficient way to deliver breakthrough products to meet the needs of the most demanding workloads."
Among AMD's next-generation roadmaps include the follow up of its current Zen architecture with the 7nm Zen 2 and Zen 3 CPU architectures, to follow its Vega architecture with the introduction of "Navi" and its subsequent architeture, among others.
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