AMD has announced that its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is to hold the stage for one of CES 2019's daily keynotes. The company stated in the press release that Dr. Su will discuss AMD’s plans to bring the world's first 7 nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs to the market.

Dr. Su's presentation will mark the first time that any AMD CEO has presented at an official CES keynote. CES has several keynotes of various importance throughout the week ('keynote' is now something expanded beyond a single presentation), of which AMD has one - and Ginni Rometti from IBM will host another - while the lead-off "prime" keynote (given by Intel in 2018) has yet to be announced. Dr. Su will have other guests on stage in a bid to discuss the latest computing technologies that open up new opportunities when it comes to HPC, gaming, entertainment, and other aspects of life.

AMD plans to release its next-generation CPUs and GPUs made using TSMC’s 7 nm manufacturing technology next year. AMD has already announced that the first products to be made using 7nm will be a Vega GPU for Radeon Instinct later this year, and at some point during 2019, the EPYC CPU under the name 'Rome' built with Zen 2 cores. It is noteworthy that both products were designed with a broad set of applications in mind — starting from gaming and entertainment and spanning to HPC and cloud computing — therefore they will have an influence on a variety of markets in the coming years. In fact, AMD already showcased its 7 nm Vega GPU back at Computex this past June, but the demonstration was static as only the chip itself was shown.

At AMD's event at CES 2018, which wasn't a CES keynote, AMD went into great detail about its 2018 plans. We hope that this 2019 event will do something similar and give us a good indication of when and what AMD will be announcing in 2019.

The company has already stated that it is testing its 7 nm Rome CPUs in the lab. Considering what has already been revealed about the 7 nm products from AMD, it is more than reasonable to expect Dr. Su to provide an update regarding the performance, capabilities, and availability of the new chips during the CES keynote.

The keynote will take place on January 9, 2019.

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  • Atari2600 - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    Hopefully a sign that AMD is feeling very bullish about Zen2's performance (and ETA). Reply
  • Batmeat - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    5th paragraph down -
    "The company has already stated that it us testing its 7 nm Rome CPUs in the lab."
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  • sing_electric - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    She deserves the keynote. She's really smart, comes across really well in interviews, and AMD has executed nearly perfectly under her watch. They've managed to become very competitive with Intel, and not totally throw in the towel with Nvidia, despite being a tiny fraction of their size (much smaller, if you go by market cap as of say, the beginning of this year).

    And she's an engineer-turned-exec, rather than an exec who happens to be leading a chip company.

    I'm hoping we get some good news about Navi, since Vega wasn't really that competitive with (in terms of performance/watt) with Pascal, let alone Turing (plus, the exclusive use of HBM2 has meant prices have stayed astronomical, even as the mining craze has allowed prices to moderate for other GPUs).
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  • ishould - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    I wonder if Nvidia is really going to release a 7nm chip so close on the heels of the 20-series. They're going to be using TSMC's 7nm (not 7nm+), so that points to a next year release. People that buy the 2080 RTX would be piiiiiissed Reply
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    I think we are 2 years away from a launch. I don't see Nvidia trying anything since they have the enthusiasm market. AMD is looking to disrupt mainstream and impose their architecture as the main game development architecture. Performances are going to come with it. Reply
  • sing_electric - Friday, October 05, 2018 - link

    That's my question, too. My thinking is that's why you should skip the 20xx cards if you've got a 10xx one (unless, say, you have a 1050 and now have enough money for say, a 2080 Ti or something) - performance is better, but its not RADICALLY better, and not that many games will take advantage of ray tracing in the next 2-ish years (and ones that do will probably have it "retrofitted" on to existing game art). It's the games that are just STARTING development now where they'll be thinking of ray tracing from the outset that'll see the real advantage, and by that time, to get max settings, you'll need one of Nvidia's 21xx (or whatever) series built on 7nm.

    Of course, if you can look at the $1500 cost of a top-of-the-line GPU as money you might find in your couch, then go ahead.
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  • Kamus - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    Why do I get the feeling they're gonna pull a similar stunt to nVidia, and just release something marginally faster, while raising the price a whole lot? Reply
  • Stochastic - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    AMD has neither market nor mindshare dominance, so I find this unlikely. There's every reason to expect Zen 2 to be a major step up (10-15% IPC improvement) given that it's the architecture's first major refresh. Plus, it's coupled with a new process node.

    Navi is the big question mark for me. Can AMD's graphics division regain competitiveness with Nvidia?
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  • ishould - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    At 7nm I think Navi will be competitive performance/watt with the 10 series Nvidia cards. Not sure if Arcturus will be a shrink or new architecture, but hopefully that will be competitive with their 30 series cards Reply
  • Zoolook - Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - link

    In their last published roadmap, next gen (Arcturus?) i slated for 2020 on 7nm+, and they have previously announced that Navi (GCN 6) is the last GCN-architecture. Reply

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