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Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated a working example of its 28nm graphics processing unit known as the Radeon HD 7000. Unfortunately, the company did not unveil any information about revenue shipments of its latest products.

At Fusion 2011, AMD demonstrated its next generation graphics processor, based on the 28nm process technology.  The demonstration was delivered by Matt Skynner, the head of AMD’s graphics unit, as part of his keynote titled, “Enabling the Best Visual Experience.” Skynner demonstrated a notebook-based version of AMD’s 28 nm next-generation graphics processor delivering “a smooth, high-resolution game experience” while playing Bioware’s popular role-playing title, Dragon Age 2, the game that was demonstrated earlier this week at the smartphone Apple iPhone 4S presentation.

“AMD strives to be at the forefront of every key inflection point in graphics technology,as demonstrated by our leadership in everything from process node transitions, to adoption of the latest graphics memory. Our pace-setting transition to the 28nm process node, coupled with new innovations in our underlying graphics architecture, is already generating excitement among the ODM community here in Taipei this week,” said Mr. Skinner.

The main reason why AMD essentially pre-announces its 28nm GPUs is because it wants to secure contracts for notebooks coming in sometimes in Q1, or most probably Q2, of 2012. We do not know AMD’s performance in securing BTS [back to school] contracts, hence, the actuial success remains to be determined by analysts like Jon Peddie.

The company remained tight-lipped about specifications and architectural peculiarities of the demonstrated Southern Islands graphics processor. Everything that is known at present is that the company's 28nm GPUs are already fully functional and the company is ready to formally introduce them.

The 28nm generation of AMD's graphics processors will be rather broad. In fact, it is rumoured that even within Southern Islands family there will be chips with VLIW4 architecture as well as more progressive so-called GCN (graphics core next) architecture.

Tags: AMD, ATI, Radeon, Southern Islands


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Discussion started: 10/07/11 03:02:52 PM
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1 4 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 10/07/11 03:02:52 PM]

Still waiting on Bulldozer to come out!
2 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/08/11 01:00:36 AM]
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2 days. (12 october)

photo's of review kits have been shown, and at least 3 reviews have leaked early, so its really close.
1 1 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 10/10/11 04:26:01 AM]

To bad that there a no quality games out there that require a new investment in a graphics card..
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/08/11 01:33:07 AM]
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Consoles have destroyed high end games. Designed for console then ported to PC is no way to make a good PC game.

Personally I'm more interested on OpenCL performance.
4 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 10/08/11 02:56:58 AM]
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0 4 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 10/08/11 07:11:22 AM]
Not really. It's more difficult to program a game on consoles, which is why a lot of developers these days end up using consoles as the lead platform for development, and then sloppily port it to the PC because of limited development time and because of the most of them are money hungry. What they don't realize is they will still end up losing money if PC gamers aren't willing to buy a sloppily developed game.
3 0 [Posted by: DirectXtreme  | Date: 10/08/11 11:01:53 AM]

Patients people yeah its unfortunate that AMD has delay its bulldozer architecture but any delay has to be for a good reason maybe to mature the processor and a new stepping to get better performance.. Turst I am still waiting as i am still on 790FX, Phenom II X3 Black
1 0 [Posted by: blazzin  | Date: 10/08/11 07:16:02 AM]
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i see your phenom2 x3 and raise you a athlon64 x2 ddr1 2.4ghz (@2.75).
with a hd4870 it still hasn't met a game it couldn't run yet, even if it does hiccup occasional.
but after ~6 years its time for a system upgrade.
2 1 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 10/10/11 04:29:31 AM]

...but when Intel postpones their products it's perfectly OK. How sad.
3 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 10/09/11 08:46:19 AM]


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