AMD says there will be 60+ new Ryzen OEM platforms in 2018

by Mark Tyson on 13 March 2018, 11:01


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A few hours ago AMD held its Ryzen One Year Anniversary webinar. The purpose of the event was an investor recap of the Ryzen success story so far, and to look forward with an overview of the rest of the year with respect to AMD's computer processor line. For the full information burst you can head on over to the official webinar page which now hosts a recording of the presentation along with some accompanying slides. The webinar material was discussed by AMD's Jim Anderson, SVP and GM, Computing and Graphics Business Group, who took part in a Q&A session in the latter part of the event (also in the recording).

To start the presentation we heard mostly about Ryzen's great progress through 2017. The processor line is popular in a wide range of market segments and is continuing to gain share. Particularly positive signs for AMD come from its re-entry of the premium segment for PCs, breaking out of the mainstream segment (lower left pic), delivering better performance to consumers, boasting of leading edge performance, efficiency and the accompanying gratifying growth in ASPs. Of particular note is how AMD pushed CPU performance over a very wide range of price points, from $100 to $1000 (lower right pic).


Anderson said he was excited about the upcoming release of Ryzen 2000 series processors. He promised that AMD would bring out "an entire refresh of our Ryzen CPU stack through the course of this year". The new desktop parts will start to appear in April, as we already know. AMD's Computing and Graphics Business Group exec also talked about how excited he was with regard to the new Ryzen Mobile and Ryzen Pro Mobile processors and partnerships - with a significant expansion of such activities going forward.

As a reminder, we have recently looked at some leaked AMD Ryzen 7 2000 benchmarks, which look impressive. Furthermore, less than a week ago, we witnessed a big leak of Ryzen 2000 Series presentation slides, which are worth looking over for highlights of the first batch of desktop processors on the way.

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I do question why they aren't doing better in laptop space with their APU.

Hopefully this year will see some improvements in their numbers.
They absolutely need to make everything they can to maximize battery life if they want to sell on mobile. First implementations are not great, but not that bad either.
They also need to get laptop makers on-board to make decent offerings using AMD CPUs / APUs / GPUs.

All too often they are not well thought out and often have something that makes you want to go for an Intel / nVidia based laptop, not because of the AMD tech on offer but because the makers do odd things with the rest of the spec:

- Inferior screen spec's (Size options, Res options, general screen performance)
- Odd RAM amounts, speeds and limited options for upgrade (pairing an APU with slow RAM that gimps the GPU performance, some have had only a single slot that you could change!)
- Disk options (SSD small or lack thereof, M.2 small or lack thereof, some have had mechanical only options)

I can understand in the past when the AMD tech wasn't very competitive in this space that manufactures didn't put as much effort in but AMD need to get them out of that habit and fast!
Driver support for APU's is sadly lacking. They won't get much out there when the latest drivers don't work very well and are from December
Yes, driver support is a must also, because I suspect that most of the power consumption being too high issue, is related to bad driver-firmware combination. As for screens, I didn't see yet a 1366x768 TN screen, so it is ok this time. Still, Ryzen 3 might end up in such a laptop, but they could at least make it FHD, if not IPS.
What they also need to push, is for very slim 2 in 1 offerings, like Yoga, Zenbook, Portege, etc, to have Ryzen and preferably, better than Intel, battery life. If they do that, they will sell a LOT of them.