AMD Confirms It’ll Unveil Polaris GPUs and 7th Gen Zen APUs on June 1st
Earlier this week, we reported that AMD has started sending out invites for a major press event to be held at Computex 2016. Now, the company has just confirmed this by announcing its press conference during Computex on June 1st, where it will not only unveil new Polaris GPUs but the much awaited Zen APUs, as well.
AMD executives including CEO Dr. Lisa Su,VP of Computing and Graphics Business Group Jim Anderson, and Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri will be there at the event providing ‘comprehensive details on many of the 2016 products.’
During the event, AMD is expected to unveil both its Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs, which according to the company, would offer around 2.5 times perf/watt improvement over the predecessor thanks to the 14nm LPP jump.
As for the market positioning, the upcoming Polaris GPUs won’t be high-end chips; according to AMD, Polaris 10 will be aimed at the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment while its younger sibling Polaris 11 will target thin-and-light laptops.
While we can’t wait to see what Polaris-based graphics cards have to offer, we are equally excited about the next generation Zen APUs.
Speculations surrounding AMD Zen architecture have been making rounds for several months. What we know so far is that Zen chips (CPUs and APUs) are based on a new 14nm FinFET process, which is designed to deliver a significant leap in terms of performance and power efficiency.
The 7th generation of AMD APUs are expected to offer a decent amount of improvement over the current Vishera- and Kaveri-based APUs. Further, the next-gen APUs will include support for an all new platform based on AM4 socket–a socket that they will share with the hotly anticipated high-end Summit Ridge family of CPUs.
AMD hopes the new architecture would mark the company’s “re-entry” into the high-performance desktop market as it will bring instruction set parity with the competitor’s and a reworked and more balanced design.
Recently, John Taylor, Corporate VP, Worldwide Marketing at AMD, said in a statement that the new Zen and Polaris architectures will help the company strengthen its position in the market and could finally catch up to Intel.
By the end of the year, AMD will have moved on, to both its Zen CPU core as well as the Polaris graphics architecture. We are far close to Intel than ever before – you always need a number two to keep them honest.
Back to the launch, a real-time video webcast of the June 1st event will be accessible on AMD’s Computex page (www.amd.com/computex) and on AMD’s Investor Relations home page (ir.amd.com), at 10 PM EDT. In case you miss the live action, a replay of the webcast can be accessed a few hours after the conclusion of the live event on both pages.