On the second day at Computex 2016, AMD announced updates about the company’s upcoming high-performance compute and graphics solutions.
The key disclosures include unveiling of the strategy for the upcoming Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX Series graphics cards, which will provide an exciting selection of future-proof gaming technologies and impressively smooth VR entertainment starting at only $199 SEP set to formally launch on June 29. AMD also launched the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series mobile Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) which show major improvements in performance compared to the previous generation, including double-digit gains in gaming, video rendering, and file compression performance.
AMD also showcased its high-performance x86 processor core (codenamed “Zen”), powering a “Summit Ridge” desktop processor that features eight cores and sixteen threads. AMD’s “Zen” core is designed to scale across multiple markets including high-performance desktops, servers, notebooks and embedded solutions with first availability planned in our high-performance desktop “Summit Ridge” processor.
“We entered 2016 with a great product lineup and growing momentum for AMD’s technologies,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Today’s launch of our 7th Generation A-Series mobile APUs, to be followed closely by new Radeon RX Series GPUs and then our next-generation ‘Summit Ridge’ desktop processor powered by our ‘Zen’ core represent key proof points of our strategy to firmly re-establish AMD as a high-performance design leader.”
Set to formally launch on June 29th, the Radeon RX Series will deliver the world’s most affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences, including a model that is both HTC Vive-Ready and Oculus Rift compatible. This significant technical achievement will provide VR experiences common to $500 GPUs in graphics cards that are less than half the cost.
The Radeon RX Series will be disruptive technology that will add rocket fuel to the growth of the VR ecosystem, bringing a relevant and transformational technology into the hands of consumers. AMD expects that its aggressive pricing of select models at just $199 SEP can effectively grow the addressable market for PC VR and accelerate economies of scale in the VR ecosystem.
According to AMD, the notebooks powered by its 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors allow users to work faster and play longer, as up to four cores deliver powerful performance and superior energy efficiency for all day battery life. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the full line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimized “Excavator” x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing plus built-in Radeon graphics – with some models offering up to Radeon R7 graphics — for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The “Bristol Ridge” lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.