Speaking to investors and financial analysts during the company's second-quarter earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su revealed that the upcoming Zen CPU architecture passed several key milestones last quarter. She confirmed samples are in the hands of server clients and said AMD is pleased with the level of performance they're seeing. Volume shipments of Zen-based server CPUs are expected in the first half of 2017.
Our next Generation Zen processor products passed several key milestones in the quarter as well. I'm excited to report that in addition to conducting the first public demonstration of our next Generation Zen-based processors at COMPUTEX in June, priority server customer sampling began in the quarter and dual socket server platforms are now running at both our labs and our customers' labs. We are pleased with the performance we are seeing with Zen hardware, which is helping to expand our customer engagements and accelerating design win momentum across multiple OEMs and ODMs. We remain on track for volume shipments of our Zen server CPU in the first half of 2017.