Jul 21, 2017 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

AMD Reveals Vega Frontier Edition, Ryzen Threadripper, Epyc Chip & More

May 17, 2017 02:41 PM EDT

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AMD chief executive Lisa Su has unveiled many things during the company's financial analyst day. The company made several new key product and technology announcement, which include a new graphics card called the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, Radeon Pro Vega SSG, a new high-end desktop CPUs with up to 16 cores called Threadripper and a massive CPUs with up to 32 cores for the data center called Eypc.

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According to CNET, Radeon's resident graphics guru Raja Koduri has showcased several demos of the AMD's next generation Vega architecture in action to demonstrate its machine learning capabilities, its impressive new High Bandwidth Cache architecture and its 4K gaming performance. Vega will be the first graphics architecture which the AMD will influence in this growing space

AMD also unveiled the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, which is the first commercial device built around its next-generation Vega graphics architecture. The card sports 64 Vega compute units with a total of 4,096 stream processors linked to 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) video RAM for an estimated 25 teraflops in FP16 precision and 13 teraflops at FP32 precision.

At the event, a live demo was shown of Vega running on the DeepBench, which is the most popular deep learning benchmark. The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition outperformed NVIDIA's P100 accelerator by 30%, which is currently the world's fastest graphics processor available on the market. For a first attempt, it's actually quite remarkable what Vega performed during the live demo.

For the enthusiast, AMD has shared a 'client compute' update with the announcement of a new top-end Ryzen chip i.e. Ryzen Threadripper. AMD Ryzen Threadripper features 16 cores and 32 threads with expanded memory and input-output bandwidth compared to the existing Ryzen 7 family. During the event, AMD also confirmed that Ryzen mobile accelerated processing units (APUs) codenamed Raven Ridge and offering four cores and eight threads with embedded Vega-architecture graphics would be coming to devices in the second half of the year, as reported by HardOCP.

Towards the end of AMD's presentations, the company offered a brief overview of its roadmap for future processors. Zen 2 and Zen 3. AMD also promised to extend its Infinity Fabric interconnect technology beyond the data center and workstation market.


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