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No one ever thought it would be easy for AMD to quickly claw away market share from Intel in the server market. While AMD's prospects in the consumer space with its Ryzen processors have been more promising, Intel’s rule of the x86 server market with an iron fist has been nearly impenetrable. However, a new report from DRAMeXchange states that so far throughout 2018, AMD has managed to capture 2 percent of the x86 server market with its EPYC processors. If you recall, EPYC first launched in mid-2017, and has generally been praised for its compelling balance of performance and value versus competing Intel Xeon offerings.  AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su With Zen 2 EPYC 64-Core CPU While... Read more...
There's no question that Intel has held a stranglehold on the enterprise CPU market with its family of Xeon processors. However, that all began to change last year with the introduction of AMD's first Zen-based EPYC processors which offered impressive performance at eyebrow-raising price points for potential customers. While AMD has gained some server market share thanks to EPYC, it is really looking to turn the tide with its second-generation EPYC products based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. These new processors are part of the "Rome" family and are currently sampling to customers. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su says that the company is "betting big on 7nm" and the innovations that come with it. AMD claims... Read more...
AMD has an event scheduled for this coming Tuesday which is entitled "AMD Next Horizon". Heading over to the landing page on AMD's site for the event presents nothing but a blank page at this point, but we expect for things to start filling in November 6th. If you recall, back in early December 2016 AMD held a "New Horizon" event that revealed the first details on its Zen processors built on 14nm Summit Ridge architecture. At the event, AMD first referenced the Ryzen brand name and championed a 40 percent uplift in instructions per clock (IPC). By all accounts, Tuesday's event will be focused squarely on the Zen 2 architecture. And while we were first introduced to Zen and Zen+ architectures... Read more...
AMD is well along in development on its 7nm Zen 2 architecture that will be hitting the market in 2019. 12nm Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge architecture provided roughly a low single-digit uplift in instructions per clock (IPC) compared to 14nm Summit Ridge, but AMD has more ambitious goals for Zen 2. Back in July, it was rumored that Zen 2 would offer an IPC lift (at the same clock rates) of 10 to 15 percent compared to Zen+. Now, according to a tweet from Bits and Chips, it looks as though early performance numbers are hitting right in the middle of that performance range, coming in at 13 percent on average. The stipulation with this 13 percent IPC uplift is that it pertains... Read more...
AMD is well on its way to delivering CPU and GPU products built on a 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. The question is, when? We could see an unveiling of new 7nm chips in just a few months at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, an annual event for companies to showcase new and future products. There are several reports suggesting AMD will in fact unveil 7nm CPUs and GPUs at CES, all of which are based on AMD announcing that its president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su will give a keynote during the event. The announcement also talks about high-performance 7nm chips playing an integral role in 2019. So, it's very possible, though AMD never comes right out and plainly states... Read more...
AMD made two big announcements after the closing bell today that affects its hardware business. There is some executive shuffling on the personnel side, and some changes with regards to 7nm production. On the personnel side, Jim Anderson, who served as AMD's General Manager and Senior Vice President of Global Computing and Graphics Sales, is leaving the company effective September 4th. Anderson decided to leave his post to take a position as President and CEO of Lattice Semiconductor. This is quite the move up the corporate latter for Anderson, who will also serve on the company's board of directors. "Jim brings a strong combination of business and technical leadership with a deep understanding... Read more...
There is a core war taking place between AMD and Intel, with both companies designing CPUs with increasing numbers of physical cores and threads to throw at compute workloads. This is happening in the mainstream space as well, not just in the enthusiast and server sectors. AMD currently has the lead in that regard, and may aim to keep it with Zen 2, which is rumored to include 16-core CPU options. Before we dive into the rumored Zen 2 details, let's talk a moment about the naming scheme. Zen is the name of the underlying architecture in AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs. In the mainstream market, there have been two generations of Ryzen so far—the original Ryzen launch based on 14nm Zen,... Read more...
AMD has had some great momentum since it unleashed its first Zen-based processors to market early last year. A little while later, we saw EPYC hit the enterprise market and Threadripper hit soon thereafter, to cater to high-end enthusiasts and workstation users. Recently, the company followed-up its initial Ryzen release with second-gen parts, and Threadripper 2 is also en route and due in a couple of months (which includes a beastly, 32-core part). Based on what we're seeing right now, it doesn't appear this momentum is going to slow down anytime soon. We've already known for a little while that AMD planned to launch 7nm product later this year, and based on new information, it... Read more...
Hot off the heels of launching a new generation of Ryzen processors built on a refined 12-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process (Zen+), AMD is now looking ahead to next year, which is when it will roll out Zen 2. It won't be a paper launch, either—during a recent earnings call with investors, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that AMD is already sampling its 7nm Zen 2 processors and is gearing up for a volume launch in 2019. "We have a 7nm GPU based on Vega that we'll sample later this year. We have a 7nm server CPU that we'll sample later this year. And then, obviously, we have a number of products that are planned for 2019 as well. So it's a very, very busy product season for us. But we're... Read more...
Investors do not seem quite sure how to react to AMD's fourth quarter and full year financial results for 2017. In after hours trading, AMD's share price fell 5 percent to $12.25, following the Sunnyvale chip designer announcing fourth quarter net income of $61 million, or 6 cents per share, versus a loss of $51 million, or 6 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. This morning, however, shares are showing a solid rebound after yesterday's general market volatility. For the full year, AMD raked in $5.33 billion in revenue en route to a $43 million profit, versus $4.27 billion and a $497 million loss in 2016. So overall the numbers are looking pretty good for AMD. "2017 marked a key inflection... Read more...
Updated 12/10/2017 @ 3:52 PM EST. Unfortunately, while the below specs definitely had folks in the enthusiast community excited, it appears that the leaked slide that was source of information regarding the Ryzen 7 2700, 2800 and 2800X is a hoax. The original reddit thread that was the source for specs that surfaced here originally, and have since found new life recently. We will, however, leave our original story, intact, below... We have known for some time that AMD is planning to roll out another round of Ryzen processors in 2018, known as Pinnacle Ridge, followed by yet another release in 2019 codenamed Matisse. However, the details of these launches have been rather sparse, consisting... Read more...
If you thought the competition between AMD was Intel was already reaching a fever pitch, hang onto your hat, the best is yet to come. With Ryzen, AMD put itself back into contention in the high-end market where enthusiasts like to loiter. But Ryzen is not the end game for AMD, it is just the beginning. Looking ahead, AMD is planning a die shrink to 7 nanometers for its Zen 2 CPUs, which it will tape out later this year. A tape out is when a company like AMD finalizes its semiconductor design before sending it off for manufacturing. Since we are already approaching the halfway mark of 2017, AMD must be seeing promising progress in going from a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process to 7nm if it's expecting... Read more...
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