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The bulk of products that Advanced Micro Devices will be shipping in 2013 will be made using 28nm process technology, according to plans for the year 2013 that were disclosed at the company's Financial Analyst Day. AMD expects to roll-out three brand-new architectures next year: Steamroller high-performance x86, Jaguar low-power x86 and Sea Islands family of graphics chips.

All product lineups that AMD promises to release next year will be substantially different from what is available today, hence, they will not be just product shrinks or refreshes. 28nm process technology alone is likely to allow AMD to boost performance and feature-set of its chips without increasing power consumption compared to existing solutions that are made using 32nm or 40nm fabrication processes. Unfortunately, AMD did not disclose which of its 28nm chips will be made at Globalfoundries and which at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

The new Steamroller x86 high-performance cores will improve performance by boosting efficiency of execution and will also include design elements from low-power architectures to reduce power consumption. While it is unknown whether code-named Kaveri accelerated processing unit will turn the page for AMD in terms of x86 performance, the company hopes that further integration of x86 and stream processing architectures will boost overall user experience.

The forthcoming Jaguar low-power x86 architecture is expected to boost performance while trimming energy consumption, which will let AMD to better compete for tablets and similar devices. Thanks to thin process technology, AMD's code-named Kabini and Temash APUs will also integrate input/output capabilities, which will greatly simplify system design.

Finally, the code-named Sea Islands graphics processors promise to bring "major GPU architecture enhancements" and skyrocket performance for both graphics and computing.

What is a bit surprising is that a high-performance FX-class x86 chip featuring Steamroller cores is absent from the 2013 plan, but the Steamroller will still become available with the code-named Kaveri accelerated processing unit. Apparently, AMD plans to continue selling its enthusiast-class FX chips code-named Vishera with Piledriver cores due to be introduced in 2012 next year as well.

Tags: AMD, Steamroller, Jaguar, Sea Islands, Temash, Kaveri, Kabini, ATI, 28nm, TSMC, Globalfoundries


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Discussion started: 02/02/12 11:32:10 AM
Latest comment: 02/27/12 12:47:47 PM
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I hope all you people who have been bashing the mods for the non-existance of "Sea Islands" are feeling stupid right now.

9 2 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 02/02/12 11:32:10 AM]
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3 9 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/02/12 02:33:42 PM]
I think the reference is to a claim by Charlie Demerjian of Semiaccurate that there's no such thing as Sea Islands, which I guess a few people believed.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 02/03/12 11:35:58 AM]
It's pretty stupid name after all isn't it ... Sea Islands. Not even laughable by far. It sounds like people at AMD mareketing department try to pull out all their smartness into generating "ingenious name" ... but successfully confusing their dumbed out customers and that was motivation behind all that after all.
Just like with their marketing in ""Plus enhancements"" when establishing AthlonXP/Athlon64 brand of products. Or CrossfireX prodigy that could be connected only with selected GPUs if you have selected chipset/APU (little brownie apu) nowadays. Just to boost up sales of already botom line of too little far late products.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/12/12 04:42:08 AM]

Why give them names...just call them Disappointment 1.0, Disappointment 2.0, etc etc. Wait, sorry, BD already has the title of Disappointment 1.0.
7 5 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 02/02/12 12:30:14 PM]

The Green team is now green with envy.
1 2 [Posted by: xybit  | Date: 02/02/12 02:10:53 PM]
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1. Nvidia does not compete with Intel or AMD in x86 CPU space.

2. If you are babbling on about Sea Islands, AMD is going to need it much quicker than 2013 if these specs come true in April 2012:

xybit, how much is AMD paying you?
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/02/12 08:22:27 PM]
If he's paid for the comment, then he's a smarter one, since you're obviously just a fanboy and doing it for free.

But thanks for the link. While I always take pre-release numbers with a grain of sand, it will be nice to see this kind of performance increase. That said, this reinforces my view that competition in the market drives prices up.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 02/03/12 11:42:33 AM]
I am not a fanboy for waiting. If HD7970's price drops to $449, it would be far more attractive. Doesn't hurt to wait another 2 months in the sea of console ports, especially now that Metro Last Light is delayed into 2013 .

The next big game on my list is Mass Effect 3. I think my HD6970 can handle it until 28nm price competition starts.

His point that NV is green with Envy makes no sense which is the only thing I pointed out.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/03/12 02:12:12 PM]
eNvyDio yet again rigged up their specs to their PAWN expectations. And if the chip become hsucessfull sucessor on failure throne like Ferminator (GF100/GF110 @40nm) was then they'll just blame who else ... TSMC.

850Mhz clock should be sustainable but let's be more realistic on doubling SP from 512->1024 and with promised advancements inside Keplers (vs. Fermi's core) i dont think they could squeeze it up in already 500mm2+ die space. Or maybe they didnt do much of computational enhancement inside Fermi core just did more sane thermal redesign? And with every node no matter HighK gate in 28nm node leakage rise so don't think we'll see much of those GTX680 just like we didnt with GTX580 and close to zilch GTX480. It's nice to know it'll be agin price intoi mazohist market of 700USD just to yenchuncwang could say that eNvyDio has the best GPU ever ... OnceMoreTime ... ooouhyeah(ugly)baybee.
0 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/12/12 05:09:48 AM]

As the slides/stories at AnandTech show AMD has a ton of new products in the works.

Now their challenge will be execution and specifically getting GloFo and TSMC to optimize their Fab production in a timely manner, which has been a huge problem the past few years.

Maybe the new GloFo Fab in NY will be able to pick up some of the new products so that AMD has better volume on all products? Then GloFo needs to build the new Fab in Abu Dhabi that they promised.
4 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/02/12 02:37:20 PM]
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Ya, they may have a ton of new products, but AMD is going to have to compete on price, likely target sub-$500 laptops in emerging markets. Hopefully they can produce a power efficient CPU that doesn't suck hard so it can actually be used for lower-end Ultrabooks. With the 28nm mobile HD7000 GPUs still some time away, NV is going to grab a ton of market share in that space with their 300+ design wins.

On the CPU front, Ivy Bridge will be 20% faster than Sandy Bridge which already mops the floor with anything AMD has on the desktop. "With the sub-$100 Pentiums performing so well, Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models. And the $190 Core i5-2400 dominates the sub-$200 landscape without challenge, really. As such, we're almost-shockingly left without an AMD CPU to recommend at any price point."

Haswell will be 20% faster than Ivy in Q2 2013 and allow people to upgrade easily to Socket 1150 since that socket is backwards compatible with DDR3-1600 and LGA1155/1156 heatsink holes.

Haswell specifically intended for Utrabooks, whose design is very similar to a SoC (System-on-Chip), which will have a TDP of only 15W.

You better pray that AMD brings something competitive soon in the mid- and high-end CPU markets, or you'll be off their North American payroll in 2013 and might have to start being a viral marketer for NV or become best buds with JJ at Asus and start promoting Asus's awesome ROG boards based on Intel's 8-series chipset for Haswell

Once Kepler launches, AMD's will have lost the GPU war of 2012 (unless they drop prices $100-200), while Ivy bridge is going to nail Bulldozer for the remainder of this year as well in all both the desktop and mobile market segments. That leaves the poor folks who can't afford to buy a proper CPU or are highly against $500 iPad 3s, scrambling for life to get $400 Trinity laptops.

Onto 2013 then!!
3 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/02/12 08:30:32 PM]
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1 6 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 02/02/12 10:15:35 PM]
Really? So Intel isn't cleaning up AMD in all price segments on the desktop? Intel isn't cleaning up AMD in the Ultrabook space? Intel doesn't have dominance in the notebook space? And considering the lacklustre performance showing of HD7000 series thus far, it also looks like NV will have no problem recapturing both the price/performance and performance segments.

Say it isn't so?
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1 7 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/02/12 08:48:45 PM]
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Just one question, from the AMD roadmap which was in the conference, it seemed they had no high end products at all, not a single high end product, if I want to buy a really high end computer, should I buy IVB or will AMD release something they didn't reveal in their roadmap? maybe a bulldozer with some power and IPC improvements

I watched the conference to see all the new products AMD wants to release and I found that there were no high end products (extremely powerful desktop processors that will need a dedicated graphics card) trinity wasn't bad, but I wanted a processor that would enable me to play GTA V and those nice games under max settings

2 1 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/02/12 09:56:51 PM]
Looks to me like high end users will have to stick with Intel. That said, AMD does plan to focus on performance with the Excavator cores, but that's further into the future.

Still, I think AMD is doing the right thing to focus on things that most people buy rather than what a minority of enthusiasts do. I'm looking forward to Trinity with some excitement. Getting decent (even if entry level) gaming ability in an inexpensive lightweight laptop with good battery life will be very nice.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 02/03/12 11:48:11 AM]
I don't know if excavator is coming out but I think I'll check out what AMD offers

but I still want to play GTA V under max settings on one or maybe two 1080P monitors
and I don't think tirinity will offer that
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2 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/03/12 06:27:32 PM]
OK, I think I'll see what AMD could do with vishera or maybe even wait for excavator (if it ever comes out)

this test looks quite interesting
0 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/04/12 06:31:04 AM]

I take it kaveri will be on the piledriver platform. Nice to see good progress being made by AMD in its APU segment.
2 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/02/12 11:17:56 PM]

What really the article has forgotten to mention that that's 28nm bulk is a commodity process, not proprietary like 32nm SOI. That's the goal of transition - to break off from the GloFo's exclusiveness completely. Forget about speed and competetion, think about cheapness.
0 1 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 02/03/12 12:35:53 AM]
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AMD is not breaking off from GloFo in the foreseeable future. In fact they are depending on GloFo's new NY Fab and the promised Abu Dhabi Fab still to be built. Eventually GloFo and TSMC will both be producing - in different 28nm processes.
3 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/03/12 06:41:49 AM]
""AMD is not breaking off from GloFo in the foreseeable future. In fact they are depending on GloFo's new NY Fab and the promised Abu Dhabi Fab still to be built. Eventually GloFo and TSMC will both be producing - in different 28nm processes.""
AMD has some Global Foundries stock, but they do not own Global Foundries. Owning stock does not mean you or a company own that company. Owning stock is getting the right to vote, but the finally decision depends on the board which AMD is not part of. AMD is not dependent on Global Foundries in New York and Abu Dhabi. Global Foundries depends on these fabs for their business. AMD does not give a rats ass about them because the fabs is not theirs. AMD can easily go with TSMC and it is possible that AMD could go with Intel's fabs. AMD going with Intel's fabs is probably is like when pigs fly, but it is possible that AMD can do such a thing. Though it depends on the settlement that AMD and Intel had.
0 1 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 02/03/12 04:02:25 PM]
You seem upset for some reason????

No where did I say that AMD owned GloFo. I said that AMD is dependent on GloFo and they are. GloFo is also dependent on AMD for purchase of CPUs/APUs. TSMC currently produces 28nm GPUs for AMD. GloFo produces AMD 32nm CPUs/Llano APUs.

To meet AMD and Nvidia contracts for GPUs TSMC must build a new Fab in '12. They won't have capacity to deliver all of the many new AMD products coming down the pipe. In addition it's not an option from a technology perspective for TSMC as GloFo and TSMC use different Fab processes and the entire chip would need to be redesigned - taking at least a year. This is why AMD has canceled some CPUs and APUs.

AMD would never use Intel to produce chips for them after Intel's illegal acts. to try and destroy AMD
3 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/03/12 06:37:29 PM]

I see you are not good in understanding what you are reading.
I had written: AMD wants badly to break off from GloFo exclusiveness. And you have written: AMD will never do it because AMD is dependent on GloFo.
So I say it other way: AMD is tired of GloFo dependency, that's why AMD will rush onto 28nm bulk.

GloFo is also not interested very much in the AMD-only process because AMD isnot able to load the fabs upto satisfactory levels due to low volumes.
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1 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/04/12 09:44:06 AM]
correct me if I'm wrong but I think brazos is manufactured by TSMC,
gotta check it now
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1 5 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/05/12 10:57:19 AM]

AMD is planning to move pretty much everything to 28nm for in 2013.
1 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/07/12 08:19:53 AM]


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