AMD Takes Center Stage at CES

From EETimes: AMD President and CEO Lisa Su took to the stage at CES to give what some analysts suggested was the most important appearance by AMD at a tradeshow since a keynote at the now-defunct Comdex by then-CEO Hector Ruiz in 2002. She did not disappoint.

Su announced that the Radeon VII GPU would be available starting next month and that its second-generation Ryzen mobile processors would begin showing up in ultrathin and gaming laptops by the end of the first quarter. Su also teased AMD’s third-generation Ryzen desktop processor and its second-generation EPYC server processor, both of which are implemented in 7 nm and will be available starting later this year.

Analysts were enthusiastic about the announcements made by Su on Wednesday in the first CES keynote by AMD since 2009, though at least some of the news had been revealed previously. Last November at an event in San Francisco, AMD first announced the 7-nm Radeon 7 GPU and the 7-nm server processor, which is codenamed “Rome” and based on AMD’s Zen 2 x86 microarchitecture. The second-generation Ryzen mobile processors were announced by AMD on Sunday, prior to the start of CES.

But Su provided more details on Wednesday on all three chips.

“I think this was a landmark event for AMD,” said Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research. “It was quite dramatic for AMD to usurp the leadership role from Intel.”

Indeed, with 7-nm silicon available next month, AMD will beat both Intel and Nvidia to the most advanced technology node. And by returning to the CES keynote stage, AMD also upstaged its rival, which lost its most coveted CES keynote spot this year to LG Electronics. (Intel, which has yet to replace CEO Brian Krzanich after he abruptly resigned in June, instead held a press conference event on Monday).

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