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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  • Da W - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    Actually, since about 30% of Nvidia's chip is targeted at ray tracing that few game use, AMD has an incredible opportunity to pack their GPU to surpass Nvidia, both in performance and power usage, for all games that don't use ray tracing. Plus: AMD prices.
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    Honnestly, Navi was a major concern for Lisa after Koduri Vega. I really doubt we should be worried about it at all. It cannot be worst than what Vega 64 was.

    I think we are going to be surprised. I will buy one for my mini-itx system.
  • AshlayW - Saturday, October 6, 2018 - link

    Vega 64 isn't *that* bad. It fell about 30% short of performance in gaming workloads than was intended mainly due to some features which AMD, for whatever reason, didn't get working in the Gaming driver or production silicon. The whole "Vega 10 is terrible" thing is tiring. Gaming performance is acceptable for most things and Vega 10 has other applications too, where it competes more favourably with the bigger Pascal chips.
  • Arbie - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    Yes, why do you feel that? Given that AMD has delivered big time at least on CPUs, vastly increasing bang for the buck and essentially rebooting the x86 market. Even on GPUs where the Vega product didn't meet our hopes (whether or not those were due to AMD statements) they weren't raising prices.
  • webdoctors - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    CPUs aren't really comparable to GPUs. I've thought about upgrading my i2500k sandybridge from 2011, in 7 years we've only got a 25% improvement for Ryzen:

    Compare that to how GPUs have sped up from 2011 to today, its something like 2.5-3X.

    Sure GPUs have different bottlenecks and aren't single threaded but that just re-iterates the point that they can't be compared. AMD CPU performance should be compared independently of their GPUs. Intel was stagnant for 5 years allowing AMD to catchup, that's not the case for GPUs.
  • Fritzkier - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    And you know what else? I assume 25% improvement is in single thread application. And most of single thread application is games. Until now, games still bottlenecked by GPU, not the CPU.

    I think we hit a wall where single threaded performance is already good... Even Intel can't go pass 5Ghz.
  • Lew Zealand - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    You're complaining about single core performance in CPUs and comparing that to the massively multicore improvements in GPUs? Dude, those concepts are from 2 different planets. Here's what you should be comparing:

    The multicore improvements in GPUs (3-4x) vs. the *multicore* improvements between the i7-2600K and TR 2990WX. 612 vs 5000 in Cinebench. It's something like 8x.

    OK, maybe that's cheating. How about 2600K vs 9900K (leaked benchmarks if we can trust them). 612 vs. 2166. It's something like 3.5x, same as the GPUs.

    Performance marches ahead apace for both CPUs and GPUs, thanks to a bit of pushing from AMD.
  • AshlayW - Saturday, October 6, 2018 - link

    I am so excited about this. I have budgeted to buy the top-of-the-line 3000 series chip for AM4 which I intend to drop in my X470 motherboard. (based on pricing of the 2700X).

    2019 should be a great year for AMD CPU's as they will, for the first time in a long time be on an even playing-field with Intel in per core performance and an advantage in process technology. I am even hopeful for the GPU side of things, too, as Nvidia is seemingly happy to use 12nm technology for Turing, I think we will see a 7nm RX card be offered against those, potentially competing favourably in Perf/watt as well as the traditional perf/dollar area. The former being an area where I really want to see RTG make headway in.
  • abufrejoval - Saturday, October 6, 2018 - link

    I read four layers of EUV lithography for the 7nm process somewhere: When you look at the huge list of challenges EUV has been adding, that is quite simply awsome.

    I wonder if they can completely eliminate multi-masking with those four layers and how the fab times compare relative to the last non-EUV nodes.

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