AMD presents PC chip and graphics processor to take on Intel and Nvidia

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Wednesday presented its next generation smaller and power-efficient computer chip and a graphics processor, aiming at bigger rivals Intel and Nvidia.
AMD at CES 2019Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, during a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, gave a preview of AMD’s third-generation Ryzen CPU chips for desktop users.

The Ryzen CPU chips will be launched in the middle of this year and will compete with Intel’s PC processors, Reuters reported.

AMD will start shipping its Radeon VII (seven) graphics chips, which compete with Nvidia’s gaming chips, from Feb. 7 and the next generation of EPYC server chips in mid-2019, Su said.

All the three chips are based on AMD’s new 7nm manufacturing technology that packs more transistors on smaller chips and can boost performance at lower power.

AMD last year said it would quit trying to develop such advanced manufacturing techniques on its own and would instead turn to outside suppliers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is making 7nm chips for Apple.

AMD’s EPYC server chips and the Ryzen CPU chips are based on Zen 2 architecture, an advancement over its Zen chips that was launched in 2017, establishing the chipmaker as an equal, if not better than Intel in terms of chip performance, according to many tech websites.

Intel, which has faced production delays for its 10nm-based chips, may loss market share to AMD. Intel has said it expects to ship 10nm PC chips later this year and 10nm server chips early next year.

During the keynote, Su showed that Ryzen III consumed 30 percent less power than Intel’s Core i9 CPU chip.

Intel, the world’s biggest maker of computing chips for personal computers and data centers, has been a leader in manufacturing the tiniest chips so far but recently lost its title to Taiwan Semiconductor.

Su announced that Google will be using AMD’s Radeon graphics chips on its video game streaming service, Project Stream.

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