AMD is on path to officially release the first variant of AMD's new Rzyen processor in the first quarter of this year. AMD's highly anticipated Ryzen processor will be unveiled in early March, according to AMD chief executive Lisa Su.
The server based lineup code named tagged under Naples will launch in the second quarter of 2017. The AMD Zen based APU code named Raven Ridge, which are the mainstream SKUs, are planned for launch in the second half of 2017.
"There will be widespread system availability from day one," Su said during the call and the Channel vendors will receive the first Ryzen chips, along with system integrators. More traditional hardware vendors will come later, Su further added. That statement means that vendors like Dell or HP will be asked to wait, while AMD provides to boutique PC vendors. Ryzen will take on Intel's highest-end Core chips, particularly the Core i5 and Core i7 processors, Su said.
AMD has said before that it believes Ryzen to be the most important consumer product it will introduce in well over a decade, with its subsequent Naples chip helping to extend AMD and its Zen architecture into the higher-margin server business.
For the last several years, Company's shipments into the console business have been propped up the company's revenues while Ryzen was developed, but as both the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 has made their move into their fifth year of life, AMD isn't depending on the console any more, reports PC World.
Vega was also mentioned during the event, the Vega lineup will launch in the second quarter of 2017. So that is sometime in the April, May June time frame. The Ryzen processors and platform will be available from day one Su stated, as per Gamepur.
Finally, AMD also provided some roadmaps for products further down the road. When asked about how AMD plans to stay competitive with Intel's upcoming 10nm products expected to ship later this year, Su has shared some pieces of AMD's upcoming roadmap. This includes AMD's active development of products which are based on the 7nm manufacturing node along with some new Zen follow on architectures that were referred to as "Zen 2" and "Zen 3". No extra information nor possible timetables for Zen 2, Zen 3, or the transition to 7nm was provided at the moment.