The year that was: A look back at AMD Ryzen’s milestones
This month, AMD is celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of Ryzen which reignited the high-performance PC market last year for the company's customers, end-users, and partners.
In a period of one year, AMD rolled out over 20 Ryzen processors, covering all areas of the premium PC market and delivering disruptive performance at every price segment. The Ryzen rollout began with the CPU line for desktop PCs, most notable of which is the Threadripper, followed by Ryzen PRO, Ryzen Mobile, and Ryzen desktop APUs.
Spearheaded by AMD CEO Lisa Su, the launch of Ryzen introduced an unheard 52% IPC improvement, the most remarkable increase in generational performance in the company's history. With top OEMs adopting Ryzen, some of the most exciting systems out there are powered by the latest processors. As a result, AMD's fourth quarter and full year results for 2017 were the best it has posted in years.
Here's a timeline of AMD's Ryzen rollout in 2017:
- March - Launch of Ryzen 7 desktop processors
- April - Launch of Ryzen 5 desktop processors
- June - Unveiling of Ryzen PRO desktop processors
- July - Launch of Ryzen 3 desktop processors
- August - Unveiling of Ryzen Threadripper
- October - Launch of Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics
- February - Launch of Ryzen desktop APUs
This 2018, AMD has no plans to slow down. As announced at CES, the company is set to launch its second generation of Ryzen CPUs, comprising of AMD's first 12nm processor based on the Zen+ architecture in April. This will be followed by the Ryzen PRO Mobile for high-performance and premium commercial laptops in Q2. The last but not the least, AMD will unveil the second generation Ryzen Threadripper CPU in the second half of 2018.