AMD Begins to Send Software Developers Next-Generation APUs

AMD Starts to Provide Its Next-Gen Fusion APUs to Software Developers

by Anton Shilov
03/04/2013 | 07:02 PM

Advanced Micro Devices has begun to send its next-generation development systems with new Fusion accelerated processing units to software developers. Some believe that the chipmaker started to prepare developers for the next-generation Jaguar low-power micro-architecture, other think that AMD initiated roll-out of its next-gen Steamroller high-performance architecture among game developers.

 

Johan Andersson, technical director of Frostbite at EA Digital Illusions CE (EA DICE), a Sweden-based computer game developer that is owned by Electronics Arts, has revealed a photo of a prototype PC board with installed microprocessor and a cooling solution, but without memory and storage. While the developer did not reveal what exactly the board was, he claimed that it was AMD’s “next generation APU” development system.

Since it is pretty late to send development samples of  code-namedTrinity or Trinity 2.0 (Richland) accelerated processing units, the board probably features either code-named Kaveri (up to four high-performance Steamroller x86 cores, AMD Radeon HD 7000/GCN graphics core) or code-named Kabini (up to four low-power Jaguar x86 cores, AMD Radeon HD 7000/GCN graphics core) chips.

Since code-named Kabini chips are set to be launched in June, the probability that AMD started to send development systems to software designers is pretty high. However, some market observers believe that AMD has already started to provide game developers its next-gen Kaveri APUs so that to make them familiar with the next-generation high-performance x86 core. Since Kaveri chips are only supposed to hit the market in late 2013, it is unlikely that AMD already has products that feature enough performance to be sent to developers.

Keeping in mind that both Kaveri and Kabini feature a number of the so-called heterogeneous system architecture features (which enable x86 CPU cores and GPU cores to work more efficiently together), it is equally important for game developers to obtain both, especially keeping in mind the fact that HSA is heavily used in next-generation video game consoles, Sony PlayStation 4 “Orbis” and Xbox “Durango”.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.