AMD Announces 2018 Product Roadmap: Ryzen APUs, Ryzen 2 and Vega GPU for Machine Learning


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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD unveiled its plans for 2018, following the success and momentum of Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics technology in 2017.

Apart from the first Desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Vega Radeon graphics, AMD also announced the full lineup of Ryzen Mobile APUs, including the new Ryzen 3 and Ryzen PRO models, and even gave a glimpse of the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU’s that are expected to launch this April.

Then there’s Radeon Vega Mobile, and its first 7nm GPU built specifically machine learning.

“We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families. We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features and more performance to a broad set of markets.” – AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. 

Technology Updates

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design has been completed and offers improvements in multiple dimensions.  
  • Graphics Processors
    • Expandsion of the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultra-thin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. This makes it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

Client Compute Updates

  • Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics
    •  Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the “Vega” architecture:
      • Highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor.
      • Quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads
      • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
      • Radeon FreeSync technology
      • Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive
      • Scheduled to be available starting February 12, 2018.

Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

ryzen apu 1

  •  2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction April 2018.
  • Ryzen™ PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics
    • Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks, state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more productivity performance
      • Up to 125% more graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life
      • SenseMI features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)
      • Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen™ PRO mobile processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

ryzen pro 1

  •  Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics:

ryzen mobile 1

Graphics & Gaming Updates

  • AMD also shared details about its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture.
  • Radeon Software will have support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release.
  • Far Cry 5 will support Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math and FreeSync 2 technology, giving stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.

Supporting Resources

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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