Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

AMD unveils product plans at Computex 2018

AMD unveils product plans at Computex 2018

"Although Computex is not a server show, AMD showed off its 7nm-based server EPYC Zen2 CPU which is at AMD labs now and looking "really" good and will sample soon with production in 2019". Compared to the already existing Ryzen series of chips, the Threadripper offered more cores at a price that wouldn't be too heavy on your pocket. AMD will apply the same Zen+ tweaks to the processors; including memory latency optimizations and higher clock speeds. The flagship second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processor will have a total of 32 physical cores capable of executing 64 simultaneous threads.

At Computex in a press-conference AMD just announced Ryzen Threadripper Gen2, much like Ryzen 2000 based on 12nm Zen+ architecture.

On the GPU front, AMD made a decision to have a try with a successor to the Radeon R9 Fury Nano - the RX Vega Nano.

The other chip series AMD unveiled today is the Threadripper 2, the second generation of its central processing units for personal computers.

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AMD's David Wang also announced that the company is striving to produce a new graphics product every year for the next three years, which bodes well for a consumer graphics market that has become somewhat stagnant in terms of recently released high-end graphics cards. AMD also demoed the GPU running Cinema 4D to show that it has working silicon as it preps for launch, which it somewhat vaguely pegged for 2H 2018. Second-gen Ryzen Threadrippers will arrive in Q3 of this year. That's great for now, but AMD is also looking to the future, and the future is 7nm.

However, TDP for Threadripper 2, according to AMD, will be a hefty 250 watts for the new parts, as against 180 watts for the first generation Threadrippers (and 65-95W for Ryzen and Ryzen 2 CPUs).

The event also saw AMD demonstrate the capabilities of its next-generation 7nm Vega GPU architecture through a demo for Radeon Instinct, a GPU squarely-aimed at data center and blockchain-focused users. And as for the GPU, it's a micro version of the Vega 56 named RX Vega 56 Nano. The latest news straight from AMD confirms that, while multiple 7nm products are in various stages of validation and assembly, only server-side Radeon Instinct and EPYC servers will be getting the 7nm treatment this year. It will be complemented with an open software ecosystem for machine learning, Wang said.

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