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Although Advanced Micro Devices said for a number of times that its first graphics processing units (GPUs) made using 28nm process technology will be released in 2011. A new report, however, suggests that the company's high-performance GPU made at 28nm node will only become available in the first quarter of 2012. The good news is that it will deliver two times higher performance compared to existing solutions.

As it appears, AMD this year will not be able to please PC gamers with a new high-end graphics solution as its most powerful Southern Island chip will only become available in the first quarter of 2012, according to Rage3D web-site. Unofficial sources reportedly indicate that the problem is on the production side and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is unable to ramp up the 28nm GPUs in volume in Q4 2011.

Fortunately, the new high-end single GPU offering is projected to bring performance levels close to the Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU flagship card, which means that performance enthusiasts will be interested to buy it even in the first quarter, a slow season for graphics cards.

It remains to be seen whether AMD Radeon HD 7000-series will rely on VLIW4 architecture (Cayman-like), will sport a new graphics/compute architecture or something hybrid. It will be interesting to find out whether AMD will implement unified address space for CPU and GPU cores and/or other enhancements. What is for sure is that the Southern Islands will belong to DirectX 11-generation hardware as well as sport a new video processing engine.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, ATI, Radeon, Southern Islands, 28nm


Comments currently: 19
Discussion started: 11/03/11 11:53:25 AM
Latest comment: 01/20/12 04:51:11 PM
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AMD announced weeks ago that they would not release 7000 series Vid cards until Q1 '12 because TSMC was slow to get their 28nm process sorted out. TSMC just starting shipping 28nm chips to Qualcomm last week.
2 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/03/11 11:53:25 AM]
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Yeah this isn't exactly news. I think there were rumours abound before that Fudzilla article emerged too.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 11/03/11 01:37:58 PM]

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1 7 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 11/03/11 02:57:46 PM]
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Yes, because Kepler is launching in Q4 2011?

Looks like both companies are having supplier manufacturing issues. If it was so easy to produce a 28nm 3B transistor chip, why don't you do it in your house?
5 5 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 11/03/11 05:57:20 PM]
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1 4 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 11/04/11 09:20:36 AM]

For the clueless... TSMC is NOT owned by AMD nor is Global Foundries - the two Fabs who have had issues delivering 28nm and 32nm chips, respectively.

TSMC also produces Nvidia's chips and Qualcomms, to name a few of their customers in addition to AMD.

28nm Products for all of these companies have been delayed due to TSMC, not AMD.
7 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/03/11 04:00:22 PM]

Have a look here for the specs:

Rumours I know, but due to the 28nm, the highest end card should use less than 200w. I hope they make the UVD mode use less power. Why does a HD6950 have to run at 450/1250MHz for a frigging video in WMC?
1 0 [Posted by: csimmo  | Date: 11/03/11 04:22:37 PM]
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So that power companies would get their fair share of the cake. If you'd get downovolted 100MHz/500MHzGDDR5 then the whole thing would probably spent more power on SMPS or cooling fan than on GPU+mem itself
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 01/20/12 04:51:11 PM]

The first cards to be available 7570, 7670, 7850, and 7870. The 7870 with 130w looks really good with 1536 shaders, 32 ROPs, 950/1450mhz clocks and 2GB.
2 4 [Posted by: kpo6969  | Date: 11/03/11 10:46:44 PM]

Big performance improvements always come from the use of new fab process.

Doubling performance was expected if you were aware of the leaked specs. They also plan to introduce a dual GPU card based on the new arch so this Radeon Generation promises a lot.
1 0 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 11/05/11 07:10:28 AM]

Alot of people will upgrade if it doubles current preformance.
Which is an unbelievable upgrade if your still holding on to the old Radeon 4870...
3 0 [Posted by: campdude  | Date: 11/06/11 03:51:21 PM]


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