AMD Further Delays Launches of New APU Products – Report

AMD’s Kaveri Launch Slips to March, 2014; Carrizo Delayed Even More

by Anton Shilov
08/26/2013 | 11:30 PM

Advanced Micro Devices has reportedly finalized its plans for the next two years. Unfortunately, instead of accelerating release of new high-performance products, the company decided to take conservative road and delay introduction of already known products, including Kaveri, Carrizo, Beema, Mullins and Nolan.

 

As already expected, the code-named Kaveri accelerated processing unit with Steamroller x86 high-performance cores, new-generation graphics engine with HSA [heterogeneous system architecture] and other new capabilities will only be released in March, 2014, not on late 2013, as planned originally. As a result, the successor of Kaveri, code-named Carrizo (or Carizo), will only emerge towards the middle 2015. The chip is expected to feature Excavator high-performance x86 cores, reports DigiTimes web-site.

Further delays of high-performance micro-architectures and microprocessors greatly lowers AMD’s ability to compete for the lucrative segment of high-end microprocessors for desktops, notebooks and servers that is currently commanded by Intel Corp. By the time AMD rolls-out its A-series “Kaveri” APUs in the second quarter of 2014, its arch-rival will be ready to refresh its desktop lineup with higher-speed Intel Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors. In the second half of the year Intel intends to unveil Core i-series 5000-family “Broadwell” chips for notebooks.

It is rumoured that AMD has decided to delay not only high-performance products, but low-power/low-cost APUs as well. In Q1 2014 the firm is now projected to release versions of code-named Kabini accelerated processing units aimed at low-cost systems. The chips will operate at high clock-speeds and will have thermal design power of 25W. Previously, such chips were projected to emerge in late 2013.

Only sometimes in the second half of 2014 the world’s second largest supplier of microprocessors is expected to release its code-named Mullins and Beema APUs based on second-generation Jaguar-based designs with HSA features. Mullins and Beema are projected to be succeeded by code-named Nolan APUs in 2015.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.