Rounding out AMD’s slew of product announcements and updates at their Computex 2018 press conference, the company very briefly showed off their first 7nm Zen 2 silicon in the form of an EPYC processor.

AMD’s previous roadmaps called for the company to get silicon back around this time to begin sampling by the end of the year, and at Computex the company has confirmed that they are right on schedule. While CEO Lisa Su unfortunately only showed off a capped version of the CPU – so we didn’t get to see the CPU dies underneath – she did confirm that AMD has silicon back in the labs now and is working on bringing it up for retail.

Sampling of Zen 2-based EPYC processors remains on track for the second half of this year. A launch will follow in 2019. The next-generation EPYC will also use the same SP3 socket as the first-generation chips, though AMD did not clarify on what the status of drop-in compatibility will be.

It goes without saying that the second-generation EPYC will be even more important for AMD than the first-generation. The long lead times and general cautiousness of server vendors and datacenter customers means that the industry by and large treated the first-generation EPYC as AMD’s chance to prove that it had corrected its ways in the datacenter. Now that they have done that, AMD’s second-generation product will be the company’s first real opportunity to sell EPYC processors in high volume, assuming that the Zen 2-based EPYC lives up to AMD’s claims.

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  • mode_13h - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Heh, at least it wasn't painted wood, like a graphics card shown by a certain company a few years back.
  • DroidTomTom - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    AMD is executing products pretty well these days. Just two years ago you could just about add a year to any prediction they gave. Now it seems like they are ever so slightly ahead of schedule. Which is great because they are getting to polish the products before they are released. And I have not forgot about the fiasco of AMD being late to release samples to vendors with Zen but I think that was intentional to limit leaks.
  • msroadkill612 - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    Intel is executing products a lot too :)
  • msroadkill612 - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    I think amd, of historical necessity, have a culture of shuffling resources and timelines fairly freely.

    They certainly seem confident of having the 7nm process under control, and they are awash with development cash compared to formerly. It really comes down to where they can apply it first to best commercial advantage.

    I expect to see 7nm sooner rather than later.
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - link

    Yeah we arnt hearing any news like we did for Intel's 10nm. Gloflos 7nm must be coming along nicely.

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