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AMD's Ryzen processors were the talk of 2017, forcing Intel to finally respond in a significant way at long last, ending years of incrementalism, with AMD rising to the challenge with pedal to the metal for 2018 and beyond.

AMD has announced its new generation of Ryzen CPUs, new Ryzen APUs and new Radeon Vega Mobile GPUs coming in 2018, claiming its new products redefine high-performance computing.

The development builds on what AMD rightly describes as "the global enthusiasm generated in 2017 by Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics technology" as it "detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during an event in Las Vegas just prior to the opening of CES 2018".

iTWire was at this event as a guest of AMD, and witnessed the keynote presentation along with a series of four post-keynote presentations that went into greater depth on the new range.

Alongside announcing the company's first desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics, AMD also detailed the full line up of its Ryzen mobile APUs, including the new Ryzen PRO and Ryzen 3 models.

The company also provided "a first look at the performance of its upcoming 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU expected to launch in April".

In graphics, AMD also announced "the expansion of the 'Vega' family with Radeon Vega Mobile and that its first 7nm product is planned to be a Radeon 'Vega' GPU specifically built for machine learning applications".

AMD president and chief executive Dr Lisa Su said: “We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families.

“We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features and more performance to a broad set of markets.”

Dr Su's deck of PDF slides from her presentation is here

Here is AMD's highlights video of the new announcements, with the article continuing below:

Technology Updates

AMD chief technology officer and senior vice-president Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

The full PDF of his slides can be seen via my Dropbox link here

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design is complete and will improve on the award-winning “Zen” design in multiple dimensions.
  • Graphics Processors 
    • Expanding the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. The industry’s first fully open heterogeneous software environment, which is making it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

Client compute updates

AMD senior vice-president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, Jim Anderson, detailed upcoming AMD client compute processors, with the full PDF of his presentation slides here.

  • The Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics
    • Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing:
    • The highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor;
    • Advanced quad-core performance with up to 8 processing threads;
    • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card;
    • Beautiful display features with Radeon FreeSync technology; and
    • Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive
  • Planned to be available starting February 12.

Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics: (turn phone horizontal to view full image on mobile devices)


  • 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction in April 2018.​
  • Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • Targeted for commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation, Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power sleek and powerful enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks, state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more competitive productivity performance
      • Up to 125% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life
      • SenseMI features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)
    • Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen PRO mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics: (turn phone horizontal to view full image on mobile devices)

  • Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics: (turn phone horizontal to view full image on mobile devices)


Graphics and gaming updates

AMD also discussed its "first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the 'Vega' architecture", stating this razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is "designed to enable new, powerful gaming notebooks in 2018 with extraordinary performance and incredible efficiency".

AMD said that "Radeon Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release. This support will come as an addition to the Radeon FreeSync technology umbrella, as displays with HDMI 2.1 VRR support reach market."

You can see the slides from AMD's Scott Herkelman on "Radeon is Everywhere" PDF slide presentation here.

Ubisoft also announced that Far Cry 5 will "support Radeon RX Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology. Radeon RX Vega owners will be able to enjoy Far Cry 5at exceptional fidelity, with stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality."

The writer attended the AMD CES Tech Day 2018 as a guest of AMD. More information on AMD's CES Tech Day 2018 presentations to come.


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