Issues proceed to go nicely at AMD, as proven within the firm’s newest monetary outcomes, with the agency additionally speaking about cranking up the provision of graphics playing cards within the face of the present scarcity, in addition to baking in options for Spectre into Zen 2 chips.
The headline determine for This fall (2017) income was $1.48 billion (round £1.05 billion, AU$1.85 billion), up 24% year-on-year, with computing and graphics (CPUs and GPUs) raking in $985 million (round £695 million, AU$1.2 billion), up a mighty 60% on the earlier 12 months. Spectacular certainly.
Ryzen continues to be promoting nicely and driving loads of this success, though there was a really slight blip by way of common promoting costs (ASPs) remaining flat and the identical because the final quarter (though nonetheless up year-on-year) – that was as a result of gross sales of Ryzen three CPUs. The latter are going nicely, however these are cheaper fashions, so that they’re one thing of a headwind for that ASP.
AMD doesn’t produce separate figures for GPUs, lumping them along with processors within the computing and graphics division, however there have been query marks over how Vega is performing. These primarily revolve round flaky provide of the playing cards, notably within the face of the present mining mania (with cryptocurrency miners shopping for up many highly effective and even mid-range playing cards of late).
Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s chief govt, famous the latter difficulty, and made a degree of claiming that the agency is busy ramping up GPU manufacturing, which will certainly be music to players’ ears.
Su additional defined that the issue in producing extra graphics playing cards is definitely right down to the reminiscence aspect of issues, with GDDR5 and HBM shortages being the first bottleneck proper now. It’s good to listen to that the scenario is outwardly altering, although, and hopefully sooner somewhat than later. Graphics card costs are getting fairly ridiculous proper now.
One other sizzling matter of the second – the massive Spectre flaw which impacts an entire gamut of processors together with AMD’s – was additionally addressed, with Su stating that AMD will likely be baking in safety with the forthcoming Zen 2 processors.
Zen 2, which makes use of an improved 7nm course of, is outwardly now simply previous the design part, however precise CPUs gained’t be accessible till subsequent 12 months (based on what AMD has beforehand stated).
Alternatively, Intel is claiming that it’ll have Spectre (and Meltdown – which solely pertains to Intel’s chips) defenses baked into its processors later this 12 months. In that respect, Intel seems to be forward of the sport, though the present standing of patching for the chip large is wobbly to say the least.
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