2019 was a great year for AMD. But what's next? Can the chip maker build on last year's records? To do just that, AMD still has some aces up its sleeve.
Lucky for AMD: chipmaker breaks all records
It just runs at AMD. The current Ryzen 3000 processors are extremely popular and in the middle class you can easily stand up to arch-rival Nvidia when it comes to graphics cards. This is also reflected in AMD's sales figures. The chipmaker has made a "box office crash" and disclosed the figures for the last quarter of 2019 – and they are tough.
Compared to last year, the company increased its sales by a whopping 50 percent – AMD generated an impressive $ 2.13 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 alone. After all costs and taxes are deducted, AMD's net income remains $ 170 million, a significant result for the group.
The biggest sales driver was the sale of CPUs and graphics cards, but AMD was also able to gain some ground in the bundled enterprise, embedded and semi-custom area. An all-round successful year for the chip manufacturer, even if the sales of chips for the current consoles are declining. It is no wonder, however, that shortly before the start of the new console generation.
While AMD is celebrating success after success, it looks rather poor at Intel – and there are many reasons for this:
AMD's plan for 2020: The streak of success should continue
However, AMD will not rest on its laurels. At CES, new mobile processors for laptops were announced that could even make Intel sweat. Furthermore, AMD's managing director Dr. Lisa Su already said that they would work with a high-end graphics card called "Big Navi", which could also make Nvidia look old.
But the current navigation graphics cards should also receive an update. Dr. Su mentioned that Navi would be provided with a refresh in the form of a revised RDNA architecture. Further details are currently expected at the beginning of March.
Furthermore, the new Ryzen 4000 processors for desktops, with which AMD could end an era, are expected to be launched by the end of the year. The new Ryzen processors are said to offer even higher IPC performance (instructions per cycle) and higher clock rates.
And then there would be the new generation of consoles, which should be in stores at the end of 2020. AMD expects console chip sales to decrease further in the first half of the year, but to increase rapidly in the second half. After all, both Microsoft and Sony do not want to have too few devices on the shelves for the launch of the Xbox Series X and PS5.