AMD CEO Lisa Su is slated to take the stage at 9am PT to tell us more about the company's journey into the 7nm era. This is a live coverage article, so update your browser frequently or check back for updates as the event unfolds.
It's hard to understate just how well AMD is executing as a company. AMD is faced with competing with not one, but two, of the world's largest semiconductor vendors in Intel and Nvidia. In spite of its near-bankruptcy three years ago, the company has charted a course to success and rocketed onto the Nasdaq-100 this year. The company was also the top performer on the S&P 500 for 2018. That sets the perfect stage for the company's first CES keynote here in Las Vegas.
But we're here to see the gear. TSMC's new 7nm node gives AMD its first process lead over Intel in its history, which, paired with the new Zen 2 microarchitecture, could lead to an explosive increase in CPU performance. AMD is also currently shipping its 7nm Radeon Instinct MI60 graphics cards for the data center, so we could hear more on that from as the company presses the advantage of its newest tech over Nvidia's 12nm Turing GPUs.
AMD already announced its second-gen Ryzen Mobile chips earlier this week, notching a solid move forward in the challenging mobility market, but expectations are high as rampant rumors claim that AMD will announce its new Ryzen 3000-series chips and possibly a new 7nm GPU for the desktop. We also expect to hear more about the 7nm Epyc Rome processors.
The 7nm node should equate to cheaper and faster chips, and they might even come with more cores. In either case, given Intel's announcements at its own keynote this week, AMD could have a free run with 7nm chips through most of 2019, setting the stage for one of the biggest upsets in the history of the semiconductor market.