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What's up with (AMD) Raven Ridge?

Mockingbird

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Does anyone know why AMD is waiting until H2 2017 to release Raven Ridge?

That basically means no Zen-based laptops until H2 2017.
 

lixlax

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Not enough manpower nor money is my guess. They are trying to push out Rysen and Vega which is the right thing to do given the limited resources.
 
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Isn't H2 ripe time for Back to school season? I figured that's where most of these APUs would go towards. Granted, that is a mid Q3 window.
 
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Probably because they are not "waiting" . Rather it's not ready yet..
Contrary to some people's belief. Designing, validating, sampling and ramping production of a new SoC, even if it contains already released IP ( zen core, Polaris IGP) Takes considerable time/ resources and $$
 
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Mockingbird

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Probably because they are not "waiting" . Rather it's not ready yet..
Contrary to some people's belief. Designing, validating, sampling and ramping production of a new SoC, even if it contains already released IP ( zen core, Polaris IGP) Takes considerable time/ resources and $$
Well, I guess I am surprise Raven Ridge is not a higher priority.

Laptops have been outselling desktops for almost 10 years now.
 

majord

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True, but they also already have a product in the market, that's at least somewhat competitive in the Low to midrange.
With the one Zeppelin die, they can address two markets , both of which are low volume, but high margi: mainstream/ hgh end desktop, and servers. Both of which AMD currently have pretty much 0% market share
 

Mockingbird

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True, but they also already have a product in the market, that's at least somewhat competitive in the Low to midrange.
With the one Zeppelin die, they can address two markets , both of which are low volume, but high margi: mainstream/ hgh end desktop, and servers. Both of which AMD currently have pretty much 0% market share
You have to be pretty desperate right now to buy a laptop with one of those AMD processors.

Something like this:

You bought a premium laptop with Intel processor, but the Republicans repealed Obamacare and because you have a pre-existing condition, you premium doubled so you sold your laptop and bought one of those cheap laptops with AMD processors so you can shop online for a new health insurance policy.



Keep politics out of your post.


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LTC8K6

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Hard to sell chips that aren't for sale, though.
 

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Well, I guess I am surprise Raven Ridge is not a higher priority.

Laptops have been outselling desktops for almost 10 years now.
Ryzen is a server chip with a different badge on it. Desktop is a nice bonus, not the main target.
 

leoneazzurro

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Probably they need more time to refine frequencies for a given TDP. The APU also should come with Vega graphics, not Polaris, an this could also have contributed to the longer development.
 
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