This promises to be an interesting year for Intel and AMD, perhaps more so for the latter according to the information DigiTimes have put together. We still expect Zen 2 and the X570 chipset to be shown off at Computex 2019, for Rome to rise a few months later and Navi to pop up some time in Q3; all on a process Intel has yet to hit.
Intel's chip shortages have led to HP and Lenovo placing large orders of mobile CPUs from AMD for the first time in quite a while and ASUS is now using them in some lines of gaming laptops. You will also find AMD powered Chromebooks from Acer and HP available for purchase. In the server room, EPYC has taken AMD's market share from 1% Q4 2017 to 3.2% in Q4 2018, with more gains expected in the Q1 2019, which just wrapped up.
The inclusion of PCIe 4.0 on the X570 chipset has attracted motherboard manufacturers and they have increased their orders from AMD, who developed the chipset in house. DigiTimes expects ASMedia to start producing some of the lower cost PCIe 4.0 versions by the end of the year with a chance they will immediately release mainstream X570s with the current generation of PCIe.
Dr. Lisa Su's pre-Computex press conference on May 27 is bound to be very interesting.
"A ramp-up in CPU and GPU shipments for notebooks, motherboards and servers will buoy significantly AMD's sales performance in the second half of 2019, according to sources at PC makers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD will show off 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs and Navi at Computex 2019 @ The Inquirer
- TSMC sees 7nm chip orders pick-up @ DigiTimes
- Finally, after years of dunking on Magic Leap, El Reg's Kieren tries out the techno hype goggles. And the verdict… @ The Register
- Facebook is asking new users to hand over their email password @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft kills off the book store you probably didn’t know it had @ Ars Technica
- A Suite of Digital Cryptography Tools, Released Today, Has Been Mathematically Proven To Be Completely Secure and Free of Bugs @ Slashdot
- FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road @ The Register
- Building a Slimline Portable NES @ Hackaday