At the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2017, AMD CEO Lisa Su talked with analysts about the company’s finances and a rough product roadmap for the coming years. What’s interesting for end users is that AMD is set to soon announce their next-gen Ryzen series of processors, codenamed Pinnacle Ridge. Later, Zen 2 and Zen 3 will arrive that are expected to be even more competitive than the first generation.
The Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona. In a round of talks with analysts, Su answered many questions not only related to finances, but also their product plans.
Based on the recent sales figures, Ryzen is doing well in the desktop area, especially in the DIY market. AMD is expecting Ryzen to generate over half of its own client revenues as of the first quarter of 2018. The recently launched Raven Ridge APUs aka Ryzen Mobile should help boost sales. In the long term, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm wants to regain its “historic PC market share” of around 20% with Ryzen, combined desktop and mobile.
As for the product roadmap, Su reiterated that the company will soon unveil a series of 12nm products in 2018. AMD have already confirmed that the next-gen Ryzen and Vega parts will be built on GlobalFoundries’ 12LP FinFET, which is actually an optimized 14nm process. You can expect an announcement to take place during the CES 2018 technology expo, which is scheduled to run through January 9-12.
Pinnacle Ridge is to succeed Summit Ridge, which is the codename for current generation Ryzen processors. The new line of CPUs will be using tweaked Zen cores, and could be branded as Ryzen 2000 series. The launch will likely happen in the coming spring along with a refresh line of AMD’s 400 series chipset-based motherboards. The company will, however, maintain compatibility with their AM4 platform.
AMD’s CPU roadmap suggests that Pinnacle Ridge will be succeeded by Matisse CPUs. Planned for 2019, Matisse will be based on the 7nm Zen 2 CPU core. Next up will be Zen 3 that will use a more refined 7nm+ process node. According to AMD CEO, Zen 2 and Zen 3 will be able to compete even better with Intel than their current line of processors.