As part of AMD’s quarterly earnings presentation, the company has briefly reiterated its product plans for the second-half of the year. The company was previously slated to launch new CPUs and GPUs for the client and server markets late this year, and on today’s call the company has confirmed that those plans are on track.

On the client side of matters, both AMD’s new CPUs and GPUs are currently set to launch late in 2020. The first GPUs based on the company’s RDNA 2 architecture – which is also underpinning the new Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles – will be released later this year. And AMD is confirming that RDNA2 will eventually be a “full refresh” of the company’s GPU product stacks. Meanwhile the eagerly anticipated Zen 3 architecture is set to make its desktop debut late this year as well. As always, with these sorts of events it’s prudent to note that a commitment to launch a product by a certain date doesn't guarantee that AMD will be able to have it on retail shelves by that date – though it sounds like AMD is certainly going to give it their all to avoid disappointing their user base.

Meanwhile on the server side of matters, the picture is much the same. AMD reports that they are on track to begin shipping the Zen 3-based “Milan” EPYC processors late in 2020. As well, AMD’s first CDNA architecture GPU for the data center market is set to launch late this year as well.

Source: AMD

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  • YB1064 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    My last foray into AMD land was the HD5850. I used to switch fairly regularly between ATI and NV back in the day...hope those days return!
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    Mighty good card, that.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    My bet is on them having some healthy competition at the realistic high-end, but nothing to touch Nvidia's now-traditional Tier 0 Halo GPU - i.e. the 3090/3080Ti/Titan/whatever it's called this time.
  • rahvin - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - link

    AMD hasn't' been targeting the highest end card for the last few years because it's very low volume, they've been targeting the middle of the road performance where volumes are much higher (and where they can use the same tech in consoles). Maybe with the new CEO this will change but she's been mostly focusing on getting their CPU's back in the game, particularity server where margins are very high. AMD also doesn't have an R&D budget sufficient enough to compete effectively with both Intel and nvidia. The AMD CEO has boosted R&D in both departments but R&D still lags nvidia significantly. When nvidia can throw twice as many people at R&D it's going to be hard for AMD to optimize as heavily.

    Personally I don't expect AMD will go after the high end any time soon. They will continue to go after the bigger volumes in the middle which allows reusing the same IP in their integrated and console solutions.

    Besides nvidia will never let them take the high end for long, nvidia will lose money on high end sales if necessary to prevent it.
  • ksec - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    They need to work on their volume and sales projection more. I hope this cycle of CPU, GPU, GPGU refresh they will be much better prepared.
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Volume will come naturally just give it time. I have a feeling 2021 is going to be a huge year for AMD.
  • nico_mach - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - link

    It should be. I imagine many businesses will be kicking the tires after Intel's admission, to say nothing of Xbox and PS5. Certainly OEM wins will pick up, too. Intel can switch to TSMC, but only for their top end products due to volume concerns, so by default, there will be a lot of defectors just based on availability.
  • rahvin - Thursday, July 30, 2020 - link

    Intel is never going to use TSMC. They made that statement to try to blow off wall street concern. They've got far too much invested in their own FAB's to use someone elses. What's more like to occur from that annoncement is licensing TSMC's fab tech to use in their fabs.
  • TristanSDX - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    "And AMD is confirming that RDNA2 will eventually be a “full refresh” of the company’s GPU product stacks" - it is required, as Navi without ray tracing sells poorly. AMD must deliver strong RT, on par with NV Ampere, otherwise sales won't improve
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - link

    Does anyone actually use RT other than as a tech demo or as a quick test to see how pretty it looks, before turning it off because it's not fast enough yet?

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