The Zen Assault Continues
AMD is into the fourth year of its Zen-driven comeback in the PC and server markets, and the chipmaker’s impact in the industry has been undeniable.
Since 2017, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has continuously pushed out new processors with new performance and efficiency gains that eventually allowed AMD to eclipse the fastest CPUs made by Intel. A lot of that is due to the company’s Zen architecture, which is now onto its third major iteration, and its embracing of the 7-nanometer manufacturing process developed by TSMC.
This has allowed AMD to gain major traction with both OEMs and cloud service providers, which has put pressure on Intel, the dominant CPU provider, as it struggles with manufacturing setbacks and pivots to a new hybrid manufacturing strategy in the hopes of regaining technology leadership.
What follows are the 10 biggest AMD news stories of 2021 so far, which includes new CPU launches, personnel moves, big wins in cloud and high-performance computing and a new way of making chips.
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