Earlier today on their Investor Relations website, AMD posted notice of a new event. Dubbed “AMD Next Horizon”, the event is currently slated for November 6th – no time is provided – and this is all we know. In fact the event page is outright barren, containing nothing except the name of the event and the calendar links. No other details are provided regarding the content or who might be presenting this event.

Meanwhile, that this went up on the Investor Relations site is telling. US financial regulations require AMD to post notice of events where significant material information will be disclosed – meaning that when AMD announces new products or releases significant information about products, architectures, & roadmaps, they’re required to make that information accessible to investors. So whatever AMD is up to next week, it’s important enough to trigger those rules.

As for a best guess at just what AMD is up to, the name “Next Horizon” is notable because this is the second time AMD has used the “Horizon” moniker for an event. Almost two years ago, AMD held their “New Horizon” event, where the company disclosed for the first time the Ryzen brand name as well as revealing some basic information about the then-forthcoming Ryzen processors and related platform. So assuming this is an intentional pattern, then it stands to reason that we’re going to hear something about AMD’s Zen 2 plans next week. The company is intending to launch Zen 2 products in 2019, so an event now would be consistent with those plans.

As for AnandTech, we’ll have more on the matter if and when AMD releases anything else about the event. So stay tuned.

Update: As pointed out by some of our readers, AMD actually snuck a mention of this into last week's earnings conference call.

"AMD's next horizon event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018, where we will discuss innovation of AMD products and technology, specifically designed with the datacenter on industry leading 7-nanometer process technology."

Source: AMD Investor Relations

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  • SLVR - Thursday, November 1, 2018 - link

    Lisa announced this event during the earnings call last week... They will give out information on Zen 2 (but probably not launch it. That'll be Computex), and launch Vega 7nm. Perhaps something on the Raven Ridge refresh as well. I think it will be held with VMWare in Barcelona.
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    Oh good, something worth watching on November 6th!
  • FreckledTrout - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    Good one :)
  • PeachNCream - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    Posts like yours make me wish we had an upvote button.
  • NICOXIS - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    I wish we had a commenting system that not from the '90s ... No collapsing, no voting, no filtering
  • Dug - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    I for one would really like an announcement along with release, instead of release 6 months from now.
  • dr_eck - Sunday, November 4, 2018 - link

    I'm thankful for the long delay before the release. Maybe this time Intel will have long enough to create a well-planned response, unlike the hurried one last time. I ended up with a Core i9 that still blue screens once every couple weeks even after BIOS upgrades and a motherboard replacement.
  • atragorn - Sunday, November 4, 2018 - link

    If they say >10% ipc improvement and 5gzh clocks Intel will be in panic kose again. They say (take with salt) 15% ipc improvement over zen+
    That would be impressive for sure but i doubt that.
    I would be happy to see parity even. Intel has been too dog too long. Competition is good for us.
  • SaturnusDK - Sunday, November 4, 2018 - link

    Since it's mainly EPYC they're focused on for the moment it's 15% IPC gain over the original Zen for the EPYC 2. That's about 12-13% gain over Zen+. And since they'll mainly be talking EPYC 2 clock speeds will probably not be incredible. The Ryzen 3000 series information we'll probably see at CES instead.
  • jjj - Sunday, November 4, 2018 - link

    The event was announced during AMD's Q3 results call but the press can't be bothered to pay attention.

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