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At this year’s Computex in Taiwan, AMD demonstrated its next generation of CPUs and GPUs via a live press conference, and gave a first glance at the upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPUs, which are scheduled for launch in 2018, as well as the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs with up to 32 cores, also coming this 2018. There’s also the unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices, and new milestones for EPYC processors.

At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months. Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.Dr. Lisa Su, AMD President and CEO
Client Compute Updates
  • The first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family— with up to 32 cores and 64 threads.
  • 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • A broad portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics, including:
    • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
    • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
    • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
    • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
    •  Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
    •  Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks

AMD also announced its B450 chipset-based motherboards.  Built for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 boards are designed to deliver a good balance of features, performance, and value. It’ll be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Graphics and Gaming Update
  • The first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that the 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors in 2018.
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor for enthusiast gaming performance even in small form factor rigs.
  • The latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped  PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console.
  •  Freesync support with HDR 1 for Ubisoft’s AAA game Far Cry 5.
Server Update
  • AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:
    • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever
      with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack 2 .
    • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor
    • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
    • The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed "Rome" and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.

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