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Computex 2019 International Press Conference & AMD’s Lisa Su Keynote

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 9:05 am
  • ACROFAN=Seunghee Shin
COMPUTEX 2019, co-hosted by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), will be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (TaiNEX), International Convention Center (TICC), and World Trade Center (TWTC) from May 28 to June 1. It will present the latest technology trends with five key themes: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Objects (IoT), 5G, Blockchain, Innovation and Startup, and Gaming and Extended Reality (XR). Various events including the exhibitions such as SmarTEX and InnoVEX and the forums such as Computex Forum and 5G Summit will be prepared.

On 27th, the day before the opening of Computex 2019, the ‘International Press Conference & CEO Keynote’ was held. At the CEO Keynote, which was first added from this year, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su attended and introduced the new products: the 2nd generation AMD EPYC datacenter processor ‘ROME’, the first lineup of Radeon RX 5000-series Navi graphics cards ‘RX5700’, and the 3rd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors family including 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X processor.

At the International Press Conference, Walter Yeh, President and CEO of TAITRA, introduced about COMPUTEX 2019. “Computex targets to create a synergy of global and local resources to provide a comprehensive platform for technical exchange and collaboration, innovative thinking, and resource integration. This year, in addition to expanding the scope of InnoVEX, TAITRA will contribute to innovation by forging a stronger connection between Taiwan’s industry and global resources. With its global partners in the ICT industry, Computex will transform the world,” said Walter Yeh.
▲ Computex 2019 International Press Conference and CEO Keynote was held.  
▲ President and CEO of TAITRA, Walter Yeh  
▲ Computex 2019 has increased about 10% from last year, and it presents innovative standard of ICT every year.
Walter Yeh first introduced about the events and exhibitions of ‘Computex 2019’. A total of 1,685 exhibitors showcase their technologies in 5,508 booths, which is a near 10% growth from last year. On the opening day, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group Gregory M. Bryant will discover how the company is transforming intelligent computing for data-centric world. On the second day, the Microsoft Keynote Forum will offer a look into new intelligent cloud and intelligent edge advancements by Microsoft Corporate Vice president Nick Parker.

In addition, the much anticipated Computex Forum and InnoVEX Forum will respectively focus on “Pervasive Intelligence” and “Connecting Global Startups with Taiwan’s Advantage”. The Taipei 5G Summit on 30th will give an in-depth perspective on the latest technology and industry trends. Also, to help its international partners expand business opportunities, the summit will lead discussions in 5G market development opportunities, technology, and innovative applications.

As for the exhibition, a Cyber Security & Video Surveillance exhibition area is newly created to display the latest computer vision technology and market opportunities. InnoVEX, with 20% more exhibitors this year, is relocated to TWTC Hall 1 to provide more room for displays, pitches, and matchmaking. Also for the first time, a charity esports event, ZOTAC CUP Fight for Charity LOL Tournament, will be held at Computex.
▲ AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su
▲ More than twice the performance difference was shown at the first public demo of the 2nd EPYC Processor ‘ROME’.

Next, at the CEO Keynote, Dr. Lisa Su presented and demonstrated a variety of 7nm computing and graphics products. Through this new product, AMD will deliver new levels of performance, features and experience to PC gamers, enthusiasts and content creators.

The first product to be released is the 2nd generation AMD EPYC datacenter processor ‘ROME’. Until now, since 2017 when EPYC processor was launched, more than 60 EPYC platforms have been produced on the strength of the features adequate to datacenters and cost-effectiveness. It is also emphasized that more than 50 EPYC processor-based cloud instances were produced to create a huge cloud environment in the datacenter business.

Dr. Lisa Su introduced ‘Frontier’, an exascale supercomputer featuring AMD EPYC CPU and Radeon Instinct GPU, which is expected to be the world's fastest supercomputer with speeds of up to 1.5 exaFLOPS. At the event, a public competition demonstration of the 2nd generation AMD EPYC server platform was conducted, and the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processor-based prototype server performed more than twice as well as the competitor. It is expected to deliver more than twice the performance per socket and four times more floating point per socket compared to the previous generation. It will be available in the third quarter of this year.
▲ Gaming architecture RDNA is based on a compute unit design to increase efficiency, provide pleasant gaming performance, low latency and low power. 
▲ Detailed information on Radeon RX 5700 can be found at AMD E3 live streaming on June 10 at 3PM PDT.

Moreover, AMD unveiled a new gaming architecture RDNA for future PC gaming, consoles and the cloud. Based on the new compute unit design, RDNA will deliver improved performance, power and memory efficiency compared to the previous generation of Graphics Core Next (GCN). It provides 1.25 times better performance per clock to GCN and up to 1.5 times better performance per watt, giving gamers the benefits of more pleasant gaming performance, lower latency and lower power.

This 7nm RDNA is a basis of ‘Navi’ chipset, and AMD’s new Radeon RX 5000 GPUs feature ‘Navi’. At the keynote, Dr. Lisa Su introduced RX 5700 series, which is the first lineup of RX 5000. Through the game ‘Strange Brigade’, the demonstration of Radeon RX 5700 series GPU that supports high-speed GDDR6 memory and a PCIe 4.0 interface showed that it has much higher performance than the competitive product. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics card will be available in July 2019, and its detailed information will be revealed on AMD E3 Live Streaming on June 10 at 3 PM PDT.

What’s more, Dr. Lisa Su discussed AMD high-performance computing and graphics ecosystem with industry leaders including Roanne Sones, GM of OS Platforms at Microsoft, Joe Hsieh, Global VP of Asus, and Jerry Kao, VP of Acer. She emphasized, “We have continued our strategic investment in the next generation core chiplets and are providing 7nm products to high-performance computing ecosystems with improved process technology. Also, AMD is excited to be working with industry partners to showcase the next generation of the Ryzen desktops, EPYC server processors and Radeon RX gaming card at Computex 2019.”
▲ The 12-core, 24-thread processor, ‘Ryzen9 3900X’, offers higher performance at lower power than the competing product.
▲ Specifications and Pricing of 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen Processor Family

Finally, Dr. Lisa Su released a third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor that delivers breakthrough performance for gaming, productivity and content creation applications. The third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor, based on the new ‘Zen 2’ core architecture and AMD’s chiplet design, has improved performance in all applications by 15 percent more IPCs (Instructions Per Cycle).

More than twice the size of the cache reduces the memory latency to provide a pleasant gaming experience. It also delivers the fastest speed with more than double the floating point performance. Besides, all third-generation Ryzen desktop processors support the world's first PCIe 4.0, providing the latest motherboard, graphics and storage technologies to PCs.

The third-generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor family consists of 6-core Ryzen5 models (3600, 3600X), 8-core Ryzen7 models (3700X, 3800X) and a 12-core Ryzen9 model (3900X). The 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen7 3700X operates at up to 4.4GHz with thermal design power (TDP) of only 65W, the 3800X operates up to 4.5GHz and consumes 105W. The 3800X is introduced to show 34% better performance than the previous generation, 2700X.

A flagship Ryzen9 3900X, which is the first personal desktop processor to have 12-core and 24-thread, operates at up to 4.6 GHz and consumes 105W, equivalent to 3800X. Dr. Lisa Su stressed that the 3900X has a single core speed of 14% faster, multi-core speed of 6% faster, and a power consumption of 60W less than the competing product. The price of Ryzen9 3900X is $499, Ryzen7 3800X is $399, 3700X is $329, Ryzen5 3600X is $249 and 3600 is $199. The official launch will be July 7, 2019.
▲ After the presentation, Dr. Lisa Su and the officials from AMD's partner companies gathered together to take a commemorative photo.