Speaking to a financial analyst about the server GPU plans during AMD's quarterly earnings call, CEO Lisa Su confirmed the Vega GPUs are scheduled for the first half of 2017:
Yes. So let’s talk overall about our graphics business. So when you look at our graphics business, certainly we’re very pleased with the progress that we’ve made on the consumer side, with Polaris. But we’ve also mentioned that we’ve made good progress on the professional graphics side, including both workstations, as well as server GPUs. I think the market is certainly very receptive to growth in the server GPU area. I was just at the Alibaba Cloud computing conference last week, where we announced our collaboration with them. They’re actually using parts that are pre-Polaris and pre-Vega.
So we were demoing a GPU-based cloud server based on some of our FirePro technology, using hardware-based virtualization. And I think the main feedback that we’ve gotten from them, as well as multiple other cloud engagements, is the hardware looks very good. We’re working with them on the overall infrastructure and software to bring that up, and we believe that the products are very competitive in this market. And the market is nice because it’s certainly margin accretive, to the consumer side of the business.
So we do expect as we bring out Vega in the first half of 2017 that will certainly strengthen the product portfolio. But there’s a lot of interest in the cloud space around what we’re doing with Radeon PRO and on the server GPU side.