In an earnings call with investors, the chief executive of AMD has confirmed that the manufacturer is going to have a chockers first half of the year, confirming the launch windows for their upcoming Ryzen CPU and top-tier Vega graphics cards.
Let’s start with Ryzen. According to AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, the new CPU would be coming out in “Early March”. That in line with our expectations, following a panel description that inadvertently revealed the CPU would be “recently launched” around the time of the Game Developers Conference.
PC World, which was on the earnings call, also reported that the company’s Vega GPUs would ship during the second quarter of this year. That will be followed by a Zen-based APU called “Raven Ridge”, a product aimed at lower-end desktops and notebooks.
Interestingly, we won’t be seeing Ryzen-based offerings from major vendors straight away. Dr Su said that boutique vendors would be getting Ryzen first, with more traditional manufacturers getting their hands on the CPU afterwards. The second and third iterations of the Zen architecture, meanwhile, are also being developed under a 7nm process.
The confirmation also came the same day that AMD revealed its financials, which were better but still in the red. The company posted a net loss of around $655 million ($US497m), down from just over $870 million ($US660m) the year prior. Revenues jumped to $5.62 billion ($US4.27bn) for the year, up from $5.25 billion ($US3.99bn).