Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, said during the company’s Q2 earnings call that the many expected product launches are still on track to be released in 2020. This includes the 7nm processors based on Zen 3 architecture and the RDNA 2 (or “Big Navi”) graphics cards. Su also said that AMD has started production and shipping of next-gen console chips, including for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both consoles will be released this holiday.
This is all good news for those looking to upgrade their PC with upcoming AMD parts, or those looking to buy a new console later this year. But it’s a pity for Intel, which has recently suffered some major setbacks in the product roadmap. Intel announced that it will roll back its already delayed 7nm process debut for its CPUs to 2022. In addition, Intel’s hardware chief, Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, also the company in August.
Su shared that part of AMD’s past quarter’s success came from the Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, powering an increasing number of very good laptops that for the most part offer plenty of power and solid battery life for the money. In fact, Su said the revenue from these processors has been increasing “faster than any mobile processor in our history,” so they seem to impress people looking for laptops – made for gaming or otherwise.
AMD still expects uncertainty for the rest of the year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But so far, the company’s more exciting consumer-focused launches are still on track.