AMD CEO: Zen processors appear in late 2016




Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, confirmed during the announcement of the annual results, the first Zen CPUs appear in late 2016. With the processor and the new Polaris GPUs AMD wants to again establish a strong position in the high-end segment of the PC market.

With the Zen architecture based Summit Ridge processors AMD will compete against the CPU’s from Intel, so let AMD CEO Lisa Su know during the announcement of the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Su announced that AMD is in talks with PC makers about bringing PCs with Zen processors. AMD hopes the new Zen architecture to also gain ground in data centers. The dedicated server CPUs will be available in 2017. The Zen CPUs should offer a performance boost of 40 percent per clock tick on the Excavator generation. Previously, AMD announced that the Zen chips at the earliest end of 2016 could reach the market and looked a release before 2017 uncertain, but to find according to new rulings from the CEO resembles the launch later this year.

The Zen processors and the upcoming Polaris GPUs believes AMD that mark again to gain ground in the PC market. Virtual reality is expected to increase in 2016 enormously and AMD sees opportunities to join this to the forefront. The company claims that the Polaris architecture is suitable for making thin and light laptops that can handle virtual reality. The first GPUs with Polaris architecture by mid-2016 already on the market. The architecture of the Polaris-based video cards must be more economical than other cards and offer better performance.

During the meeting of the 2015 annual results were discussed. AMD posted a net loss of $ 660 million, a year earlier was still a net loss of 403 million dollars. According to the company the higher loss is partly due to a decline in sales of semi-custom SOCS and declining revenues from CPU sales. AMD indicates despite the loss to have confidence in the results for 2016. This is due to the upcoming Polaris Zen GPUs and CPUs, but also because of an expected strong console market. AMD provides chips for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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