Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) will launch its highly awaited processor to high-end desktops by the end of 2016. As of now, the chipmaker is in discussions with prominent PC manufacturers on developing Zen-based chips with the code name Summit Ridge. This is according to AMD CEO, Lisa Su.
The Zen chips are expected to be in servers by the first quarter of next year. However, there is no word from the company yet when they would be customized for laptops.
High expectations for AMD
AMD has set high expectations for its Zen processors. It has decided to combine the Polaris architecture-based GPUs with Zen to offer a high-end virtual gaming experience to its users, although the combo won’t be available until the middle of next year.
During the most recent earnings call, CEO Su expressed her confidence in the new products and said that it would help the company gain market share. At present, Intel dominates the market, however, Su hopes that with the introduction of AMD’s core processor Zen chips will present a formidable competition against next-generation Kaby Lake chips and the current Skylake from Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC).
Currently, AMD is offering FX chips for gamers and Summit Ridge with up to eight cores. These desktop chips with a high-core count will support the latest DDR4 memory.