We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs, but nothing had been officially confirmed. That is, until now, when AMD has finally put all the rumours to rest.
In their latest earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the company is well on track with their Navi production and the graphics card are expected to release in the third quarter of 2019. Here’s an excerpt from the transcript of the call:
“We believe we made good progress improving channel inventory levels. Sell-through accelerated sequentially driven by sales of both our mainstream Radeon RX GPUs and new high-end Radeon VII gaming GPUs. We are well-positioned to grow GPU revenue in the second quarter and through the second half of the year, as we expect to introduce our first 7-nanometer Navi gaming GPUs in the third quarter. “
She also talked about their custom chips used in consoles, saying that revenue from current gen chips has decreased as we’re 7 years into the current console generation, but the future looks bright with Sony choosing to go with AMD’s Zen 2 and Navi chips for their next gen PlayStation. Here’s another excerpt from the transcript:
“Revenue decreased from a year ago as expected due to lower Semi-custom revenue as we entered the seventh year of the current game console cycle. Our Semi-custom business model continues to play an important role in our long-term growth as our strong IP portfolio enables the industry’s biggest brands to create differentiated solutions. The latest example is Sony. We are honored that Sony has selected a custom AMD SoC based on our Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures to power its next-generation PlayStation console. “
Earlier, the rumours had suggested that the Navi GPUs will be announced a month after the Ryzen 3000 processors, the expected release window for which is Computex in May. This could very well mean that AMD announces the Navi GPUs sometime in June or July (rumoured date was 07/07), and release them shortly after.
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