It is going to be an interesting second half of the year for AMD, and the technology sector in general. AMD is getting ready to announce new Ryzen 3000 series desktop CPUs based on its third generation Zen 2 architecture, along with an accompanying X570 chipset. It's also planning to finally launch its Navi GPU architecture. Both will be points of discussion at the upcoming Hot Chips symposium.
AMD is listed on the docket for Hot Chips: A Symposium on High Performance Chips, scheduled to run from August 18-20, 2019. It takes place at The Memorial Auditorium at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Monday, August 19 is when AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will hold the symposium's first keynote, which is titled "Delivering the Future of High Performance Computing with System, Software, and Silicon Co-Optimization." AMD plans on covering quite a bit, not the least of which is where the industry (and AMD specifically) goes as Moore's Law becomes less relevant.
"As the gains from Moore's Law have slowed in recent years, the industry has begun to focus on new areas of innovation to maintain the historical pace of performance improvements. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will discuss new techniques in system architecture, silicon design, and software that will enable future generations of computing and graphics products to deliver more performance with greater efficiency," the abstract reads.
AMD stopped short of calling Moore's Law dead, a refrain that is often claimed by NVIDIA, particularly as it touts the benefits of GPUs over CPUs in the data center. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what AMD thinks the future of processor design entails.
In the more immediate future, there is Zen 2 and Navi, both of which AMD will discuss in detail. AMD will provide a "deep dive" into its next generation 7-nanometer Zen 2 CPU core architecture on Monday, August 19, starting at 9:00 am PT, and talk about its upcoming Ryzen 3000 series and second generation EPYC server processors.
Then on Tuesday, August 20, AMD will have a presentation on Navi, starting at 6:15 PM PT. Like Zen 2, Navi is also utilizing a 7nm manufacturing process, and that will be part of the presentation.
No actual release dates have yet been announced, though AMD did recently confirm that both its new Zen 2 CPUs and Navi lineup will ship in the third quarter of this year. That window consist of July-September.
AMD is also planning a keynote at Computex later this month, followed by a Next Horizon Gaming event at E3 in June where it will discuss "upcoming products and technologies that will power gaming from PC to console to cloud for years to come.
This is speculation on our part, but it seems likely that AMD will announce its Zen 2 CPU lineup and X570 chipset at Computex, then formally introduce its Navi graphics card lineup at E3 in June, with availability of all this new stuff in July or August. AMD could also wait until September, though if we had a dollar to bet, we'd put it on these parts coming out sooner than that.