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ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, will launch a new dual-chip graphics card by the end of the year, according to a rumour published by a China-language web-site. The card will replace the current top-of-the-line ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics accelerator.

The forthcoming flagship graphics board will be powered by two chips featuring the yet unannounced Southern Islands architecture. The information indirectly implies that power consumption of the future graphics processing units (GPUs) will not be too high and will allow AMD's ATI unit to put two of such chips onto a single card without exceeding standard 300W power envelope, which is crucial for meeting requirements of large system builders. As reported previously, ATI Radeon HD 6000-series graphics boards will become available in late October or early November, 2010.

Not a lot is known about the Southern Islands family of products. The SI family will offer higher performance compared to currently available ATI Radeon HD 5000 “Evergreen” line, but will hardly be considerably more advanced in terms of feature-set. It is rumoured that designers of the new GPUs concentrated mostly on improving efficiency, but not on building something completely new from scratch, which is why certain building blocks of the new Sothern Islands family will be inherited from the current Evergreen line.

According to the report from Cnbeta web-site, ATI "Southern Islands" will also feature an improved version of ATI Eyefinity technology as well as a more advanced Universal Video Decoder (UVD). The improvements will allow the new chip(s) to playback video in ultra high definition (UHD) resolutions. Unfortunately, at present there are no commercial UHD movies, hence, a more important feature of future GPUs will be ability to upconvert full-HD Blu-ray movies to higher resolutions.

ATI/AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: ATI, AMD, Radeon, Southern Islands, 40nm, UHD

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It seems more than one independent source leaked this information recently, and the dual card was even on that roadmap 4gamer put out a while ago labeled as Antilles...so it is coming.

While the folks at Chiphell seem set in their 'confirmation' of 480 4D shaders for the Cypress replacement, ala 1920sp, even if nothing else changes (there is still 20 SIMDs with 4 Tex units apiece, but 24 shaders per SIMD instead of 20) and bus/ROPs stay at 256-bit/32, the increase in transitors for shaders, the new UVD, and improvements to 'surface subdivision' (read: tessellation) should increase the die size a fair amount.

Considering 5970 is already at 5850 clockspeeds/voltage to remain under 300W, something has got to give.

Did TSMC fix the via problem, allowing ATi to allocate the redundant space to actual units? Is the new dual-card going to be based on the '50' version of the card? Will they just simply aim for lower clocks with lower voltages on the higher-end cards than they did with Cypress?

Something just isn't right in the land of ATi rumorville.

BTW, here, I made you a slightly less ridiculously Christmas logo for your articles. I raise your MS-Paint skills with my MS-Paint skills.

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0 0 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 08/21/10 12:22:57 PM]
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Is there a hope in Hell that it would be a Multi-Chip-Module design (ala Magny Cours)? It would make sense for more PCB real estate as well as easier cooling.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 08/21/10 08:27:00 PM]
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DO we know this will be out at 40nm or will it be one of Globalfoundries 28nm chips? That should keep the die size down.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 08/22/10 01:59:17 AM]
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Probably this year still TSMC 40nm process due to the next year and next generation ATI Radeon HD (28nm Globalfoundries).
0 0 [Posted by: Luiscas87  | Date: 08/22/10 05:05:50 AM]
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Northern Islands will be made in 28 nm, but that comes out next year.
0 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 08/22/10 06:15:49 AM]
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Isn't this supposed to be the "different design" . The "BIG" GPU that's different from the 3xxx, 4xxx and 5xxx series philosophy ... The Big/Complex design done by some other team inside ATI ...Why is everybody saying it's a small step from the Evergreen line ?
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 08/22/10 10:19:30 AM]
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East17, you are maybe right! But people are not expecting much from it because it still uses the 40nm process technology and it is not a "fully" new design. But lets see, if it is true that they did add "320" stream processors to the chip so if they really launch a HD 6000 to go over the 5970 then we will see some good performance coming from it, from 3200 stream processors to 3840 stream processors, pretty good!. :-)
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