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Chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices said during a conference call with financial analysts that the company’s graphics division ATI was on-track to refresh its lineup of graphics cards in the second half of calendar 2010. The mystery, though, is with what the family of graphics processors will be renewed.

“We are ramping the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series now and look forward to refreshing the entire lineup in the second half of next year*,” said Dirk Meyer, chief executive officer of AMD, during quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

A little earlier this month AMD’s worldwide developer relations manager said that ATI hopes to maintain leadership position in terms of product performance “for the majority of 2010”. Still, it is not completely clear with what does AMD plan to refresh ATI’s lineup going forward.

The company has two ways of getting even faster products to market: it can redesign existing ATI Radeon HD 5000-series graphics chips so that to boost clock-speeds tangibly or it can introduce a brand new family of ninth-generation Radeon chips code-named Northern Islands, which is widely believed to feature a new architecture.

Not a lot is known about Northern Islands. Some sources claim that the new chips will be made using 32nm fabrication process, but the others believe that the new chips will be made on 28nm node. There are also reports that Northern Islands will have richer feature-set compared to Evergreen. According to some other reports, ATI’s next-generation family is code-named Hecatonchires and will feature code-named Cozumel, Ibiza and Kauai chips, which are not northern, but southern islands. As a result, it is possible that ATI may be working on two new architectures.

Earlier this week TSMC said that it would start mass production of chips using 28nm process technology in Q4 2010.

* Considering the fact that the call was dedicated to AMD’s financial results in the Q4 of fiscal 2009, the AMD executive referred to the second half of fiscal 2010 as to the “next year”, which is basically the second half of calendar 2010.

Tags: ATI, AMD, Radeon, Evergreen, Norther Islands, Hecatonchires, Cozumel, Ibiza, Kauai, 40nm, 32nm, 28nm


Comments currently: 11
Discussion started: 01/22/10 03:11:00 AM
Latest comment: 01/18/11 12:18:56 AM
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Interesting indeed.
The last roadmap I saw on the Internet put the next generation in 2011. A refresh would make more sense, but you never know...
0 0 [Posted by: uibo  | Date: 01/22/10 03:11:01 AM]

Anton's reasoning at the end of the article is a bit flawed: all three of Cozumel, Ibiza and Kauai are actually in the Northern hemisphere.
0 0 [Posted by: scotiafax  | Date: 01/22/10 05:50:37 AM]

Heh AMD test geography knowledge.Cotar for Anton is place where he live and that islands is on the south ,but if u watch all globe that islands is on the Northern hemisphere.So scotiafax answer is correct.
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 01/22/10 07:37:09 AM]
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I live in Estonia, this is Northern Part of Europe.

For me, those islands belong to the Southern Part of the world.

We will keep investigating!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/22/10 07:19:55 PM]
looks like this post created a little buzz... 10 discussions... it's quite something. groom wedding speech
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/05/10 05:42:44 AM]

traditionnally, it's tic-tac: same architecture, new process, then once that is well mastered, on to a new architecture on the no-longer-so-new process.

With 28/32nm coming up, my guess is they'll move their existing cores to it with a few light tweaks first ?
0 0 [Posted by: obarthelemy  | Date: 01/22/10 09:51:54 AM]

Oh nuts! I just bought two 5850's! I should have waited a little longer...

What is the next generation anyway? Two are mentioned, Nothern Islands and Hecatonchires. Maybe Northern Islands is a refresh or die shrink and Hecatonchires is a brand new architecture, as I think was pointed out in an earlier story on this site.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 01/24/10 05:42:10 AM]

“We are ramping the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series now and look forward to refreshing the entire lineup in the second half of next year*,” this makes me think of 2011 instead of 2010.
0 0 [Posted by: Cristian Mataoanu  | Date: 01/25/10 01:27:40 AM]

It is not a new generation of GPU, it is a shrink of the existing Evergreen. Expect refreshed Evergreen ATI cards in Q3 2010 - around September. The shrink is most likely 32nm, the whole ATI GPU lineup will be refreshed, Evergrin GPU new variants - e.g 5860, all cards will have higher GPU clocked core, higher memory clock and higher number of shaders. Furthermore take o note of integration of CPU - GPU development teams on a higher level at ATI. Bulk buying, unified development on the same silicon enable AMD - ATI to reduce all costs and provides GPU's with higher frequencies - clocks up to five times, technologically sound, proven and a one of the paths AMD is taking ;-D.
0 0 [Posted by: Aleksa  | Date: 01/26/10 12:29:30 AM]

I am read about Fusion sounds interesting for notebook and netbook market,because that will be real hybrid of CPU and GPU and of course Fusion will reduce cost.
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 01/26/10 12:44:35 PM]


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