by Anton Shilov
11/04/2013 | 11:40 PM
Advanced Micro Devices has quietly began to ship engineering samples of its code-named Kaveri accelerated processing units to partners. As a result, first images of the chip as well as its launch date have been published. It is a matter of time before more or less reliable benchmark results of the product show up.
AMD A-series “Kaveri” accelerated processing unit looks very similar to its current-generation brethren, which is logical given the fact that it has slight difference when it comes to form-factor. The chip is an engineering sample and is marked like ZD356195I4468. The product was diffused in Germany and assembled in Malaysia. This confirms that Kaveri is indeed made using 28nm process technology.
AMD Kaveri sample, image by VR-Zone web-site.
In addition to publishing photograph of yet unreleased AMD APU, VR-Zone web-site has also revealed the formal launch date of the chip: 7th of January, 2014. The product will become available only in February, as reported before.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.
AMD Fusion A-series APU code-named Kaveri is projected to feature up to four Steamroller high-performance x86 general-purpose cores as well as GCN architecture-based AMD Radeon HD graphics engine. The Kaveri chip will be AMD’s first high-performance accelerated processing unit with HSA [heterogeneous system architecture] enhancements, such as heterogeneous uniform memory access, CPU and GPU cache coherency and other. Moreover, Kaveri will be AMD’s first high-performance APUs made using 28nm process technology. Finally, the chips will feature new dual-channel memory controller as well as all-new power management.
As a result of massive changes inside Kaveri, the chips will feature new FM2+ form-factor and will only be compatible with new mainboards with FM2+ sockets