AMD’s Zen-based Summit Ridge Will First Come to High-end Desktops At the End of 2016
AMD recently announced that its next-generation GPUs based on the recently revealed Polaris architecture will start shipping by the mid of this year. Since AMD wants users to combine Zen with Polaris GPUs, this made many to suspect that the Zen-based CPUs could be available sooner rather than later.
However, to their dismay, Zen CPUs won’t be available before the end of 2016. AMD CEO Lisa Su recently said that the company is in conversation with PC makers to use Zen-based chips, code-named Summit Ridge. Su wants the Zen CPU architecture to first debut on high-end desktops, like gaming PCs, at the end of this year.
Then early next year, Zen chips will make their way to servers. However, there are no details about when Zen will be available for laptops and low-end PCs.
Su further said that the Summit Ridge chips would mark the company’s “re-entry” into the high-performance desktop market. Well, AMD is in dire need to make that move as soon as possible since it’s already losing ground to Intel in the declining market for personal-computer components.
The US-based chipmaker has reported a 10% decline in quarterly revenue and an overall 28% decline in full year revenue for 2015. The results highlight AMD’s struggle against Intel and Nvidia due to having less competitive products in a PC market that’s shrunk over the past four years. With Zen arriving at the end of 2016, it seems that AMD will continue struggling for at least one year.