First Keynote, First to 7nm
The announcement marks the first time AMD has ever delivered a keynote address at CES. The honors of a keynote are usually earmarked for companies with groundbreaking new technologies or products, and AMD appears it will bring exactly that to the annual Las Vegas event. The company stated it would be debuting new 7nm products at CES, some of which we already knew about (such as the anticipated Navi architecture and its potential to make a significant impact on the graphics market next year). However, AMD also let on that it wouldn’t just be coming to CES with some new graphics cards.
“In 2019, AMD will catapult computing, gaming and visualization technologies forward with the world’s first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs,” the announcement said.
From this, we can safely assert that AMD also has 7nm CPU silicon in production. We already knew this to be the case when the company showed off its 7nm EPYC processor at Computex 2018, but AMD has been quiet about the CPUs ever since. Now, it appears that the new processors could be making their official debut this January.
Third Generation Ryzen CPUs?
Although we can only confirm the existence of 7nm EPYC CPUs, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that AMD could be preparing to launch new client-side processor products. The term “Zen 2” has been floating around the internet a lot lately, with unsubstantiated rumors aplenty that third generation Ryzen CPU products are in the works. This is just hearsay, but with AMD running full throttle towards the 7nm manufacturing node, it may not be a long shot to say gamers may have more consumer-grade AMD CPU options in 2019.
CES 2019 runs from January 8-11, with AMD’s keynote taking place from the Venetian Palazzo Ballroom on January 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time