AMD brings innovative processors to take on Intel

AMD Ryzen CPUs for devicesIntel rival AMD announced roll-out plan for its next generation products during an event in Las Vegas just prior to the opening of CES 2018.

“We accomplished the goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different products,” said AMD President and CEO Lisa Su.

AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

x86 Processors

The “Zen” core, shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.

Graphics Processors

AMD will expand “Vega” product in 2018 with Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.

AMD said the first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.

A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries will be supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform.

Client Compute Updates

AMD SVP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group Jim Anderson detailed upcoming AMD client compute processors including:

The Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics

Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing:

The highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor

Advanced quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads

1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card

Beautiful display features with Radeon FreeSync technology

Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive

Planned to be available starting February 12, 2018

2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU

AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology

Scheduled for introduction April 2018.

Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

AMD will be targeting commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation with the new Ryzen PRO mobile processors that will power enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks. The company said Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

The company’s new Ryzen PRO mobile processors will be offering up to 22 percent more competitive productivity performance.

In addition up to 125 percent more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150 percent more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U will be the great value addition for AMD fans.

Up to 13.5 hours of battery life will be the latest promise from AMD.

SenseMI features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)

Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics

AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processors, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

AMD discussed its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture. This razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is designed to enable new, gaming notebooks in 2018.

AMD announced that Radeon Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release. This support will come as an addition to the Radeon FreeSync technology umbrella, as displays with HDMI 2.1 VRR support reach market.

Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will support Radeon RX Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology.

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