AMD says it's back to stay

The launch earlier this year of the first Zen processors was a big step to make AMD relevant again. It demonstrated that the company could produce a competitive CPU design manufactured on an advanced process. But AMD knows it needs to do more to win back business from Intel and Nvidia.

At its analyst day, the company announced more new products and a roadmap to remain competitive for years to come.

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The most significant news is the confirmation that the Zen server chips code-named Naples will ship in June under the new Epyc brand (RIP, Opteron). Epyc has up to 32 cores (64 threads) and is designed for mainstream single- and dual-socket servers — the bulk of the market and an area that AMD has largely surrendered in recent years because it…

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