AMD has confirmed during a Q3 2016 company earnings call that its next-generation Zen CPU architecture will launch in Q1 2017. Zen has been a long time coming and suffered numerous delays, but AMD CEO Lisa Su is confident it will launch in the first three months of 2017, while it expects demand for the initial high-end Summit Ridge processors will be high.
"With Summit Ridge launching in Q1 of 2017 I guess, how would you expect the channel to ramp that? Do you see it ramping pretty fully in the first couple of quarters of the year, or are you looking for more normal PC seasonality?", said Chris Hemmelgarn, a Barclays bank representative.
Su responded and said "I would expect there will be a relatively good initial demand for Summit Ridge that may be not quite at the seasonal patterns.
"Summit Ridge is playing in a space in the high-end desktop that we currently aren't offering a product. So we believe we'll be competitive certainly with [Intel] Core i5 as well as Core i7 and we will be launching in those areas".
Good news for AMD fans then, who have been waiting years now for new high-end processors from Team Red. With an early 2017 launch pencilled in it’s looking very likely we'll be seeing Zen CPUs crop up at CES 2017 in January.