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AMD's high-end Zen CPU coming in late 2016

The octa-core 16 thread processor will mark AMD's return to the high-end computing market.


AMD's CEO Dr Lisa Su showing the new AMD Zen processor.

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AMD is finally ready to get back in the CPU fight against Intel, preparing a new Zen line of processors for late 2016 or early 2017.

Designed as a scalable architecture, Zen will be first used for desktops and then in servers before making its way to AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs) for laptops.

Codenamed "Summit Ridge," the eight-core, 16 thread Zen CPU made its first public appearance here in Taipei at Computex. The company claims the new processors will provide a 40 percent performance increase from AMD's Excavator chips.

Be sure to check CNET's Computex hub for all the coverage from the show floors.