Tuesday January 31, 2017

AMD confirms Ryzen and Vega launch timetables.

During the fourth quarter earnings call today, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the consumer Ryzen CPU lineup will be launching in early March. The server based lineup is code named Naples and will launch in the second quarter of 2017. The AMD Zen based APU code named Raven Ridge is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2017. And finally the Vega GPU lineup will launch in the second quarter of 2017. Who is ready for the new AMD CPU and GPU hardware to install into the AM4 motherboards showcased earlier? Lisa Su even hinted that they were working on 7nm technology and there is a Zen 2 & Zen 3 in development!

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"There will be widespread system availability from day one," Su said during the call. Channel vendors will receive the first Ryzen chips, along with system integrators. More traditional hardware vendors will come later, Su added.

That statement implies that vendors like Dell or HP (neither of which have been officially confirmed to be using the Ryzen chip) will be asked to wait, while AMD caters to boutique PC vendors. Ryzen will take on Intel’s highest-end Core chips, specifically the Core i5 and Core i7 processors, Su said.