AMD Reports 2017 Profitability, Plans Spectre-Proof Zen 2 Chips

Sales of microprocessors for computing and graphics shot up dramatically for AMD in 2017, pushing the company from operating income losses into profitability, executives said yesterday during the Q4 and 2017 earnings call.

President and CEO Lisa Su (pictured above) said 2017 represented "a key product and financial inflection point for AMD" that showed the three-year-old strategic plan to reshape the company was paying off. In addition to strong sales for computing and graphics chips, AMD saw steady revenues last year in the server and enterprise markets, she said.

Su noted that AMD continues to work with partners to roll out CPU and microcode patches for Spectre, one of two major chip-level vulnerabilities that came to light earlier this month. Over the longer term, the company plans to come out with redesigned processor cores that address Spectre at the hardware level, she added.

Zen 2 Redesigned for Spectre

Spectre and Meltdown, which stem from how microprocessors manage kernel memory, affect practically all chips produced by Intel over the past two decades, as well as those from Apple. CPUs from AMD and ARM are vulnerable only to Spectre.

"For Spectre Variant 1, we continue actively working with our ecosystem partners on mitigations, including operating system patches that have begun to roll out," Su said during yesterday's earnings call. "We continue to believe that Variant 2 of Spectre is difficult to exploit on AMD processors."

Su added that AMD is working over the longer term to incorporate changes into its processor cores that will prevent Spectre-like exploits. The first of those redesigned chips to arrive on the market will be the Zen 2, a 7-nanometer-based, x86 processor, she said.

2018 a 'Defining Year for Server Business'

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AMD Reports 2017 Profitability, Plans Spectre-Proof Zen 2 Chips

Sales of microprocessors for computing and graphics shot up dramatically for AMD in 2017, pushing the company from operating income losses into profitability, executives said yesterday during the Q4 and 2017 earnings call.

President and CEO Lisa Su (pictured above) said 2017 represented "a key product and financial inflection point for AMD" that showed the three-year-old strategic plan to reshape the company was paying off. In addition to strong sales for computing and graphics chips, AMD saw steady revenues last year in the server and enterprise markets, she said.

Su noted that AMD continues to work with partners to roll out CPU and microcode patches for Spectre, one of two major chip-level vulnerabilities that came to light earlier this month. Over the longer term, the company plans to come out with redesigned processor cores that address Spectre at the hardware level, she added.

Zen 2 Redesigned for Spectre

Spectre and Meltdown, which stem from how microprocessors manage kernel memory, affect practically all chips produced by Intel over the past two decades, as well as those from Apple. CPUs from AMD and ARM are vulnerable only to Spectre.

"For Spectre Variant 1, we continue actively working with our ecosystem partners on mitigations, including operating system patches that have begun to roll out," Su said during yesterday's earnings call. "We continue to believe that Variant 2 of Spectre is difficult to exploit on AMD processors."

Su added that AMD is working over the longer term to incorporate changes into its processor cores that will prevent Spectre-like exploits. The first of those redesigned chips to arrive on the market will be the Zen 2, a 7-nanometer-based, x86 processor, she said.

2018 a 'Defining Year for Server Business'

AMD's 2017 revenues totaled $5.33 billion, a 25-percent increase over 2016 revenues. Senior vice president, CFO and Treasurer Devinder...

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