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Advanced Micro Devices said on Tuesday that it had begun to ship its next-generation graphics processing units (GPUs) made using 28nm fabrication process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's fabs for revenue. The company is projected to formally unveil its future graphics products at the Consumer Electronics Show early in 2012.

"We are ramping 28nm [products] with TSMC in Taiwan and shipping the products here and now. We are very excited about the products," said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD, during IT Supply Chain conference organized by Raymond James.

For AMD, which promised to be the first to market with 28nm GPUs for a number of times this year, it is a good news to start not only producing such graphics processors at TSMC, but also to initiate revenue shipments of the parts. While we do not know for sure, it is very likely that PC makers will be able to start shipping systems featuring Radeon HD 7000-series "Southern Islands" chips shortly after CES next month.

The next generation of standalone graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia will feature considerably improved performance per watt and while they will still belong to the DirectX 11 generation, they will bring support for numerous new features and capabilities only possible with tangibly improved performance and refined architecture.

In fact, the first unofficial photos of the next-generation AMD Radeon HD graphics cards have already emerged. The new boards depictured are marked as “Tahiti” and are believed to belong to the top-of-the-range single-chip next-generation Radeon HD family. Based on AMD’s current nomenclature, the new graphics adapters will be called the Radeon HD 7900-series.

The forthcoming AMD Radeon HD 7900 “Tahiti” graphics cards are very long and carry twelve GDDR5 memory chips, which means that they use 384-bit memory bus. The novelties have two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, something which points to rather high power consumption. Typically, photos of unreleased graphics adapters emerge shortly before their launch.

AMD’s Tahiti graphics processor belongs to the highly-anticipated Southern Islands family of chips. The new SI family will use new graphics architecture, feature a number of innovations as well as will be made using 28nm process technology.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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

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Sounds like AMD should be getting their processors made by TSMC too ;-)
2 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 12/15/11 09:05:22 AM]
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i think they started doing that
0 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 12/15/11 11:34:50 AM]
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You forget that 28nm is not ramped up yet, and both Nvidia and AMD will easily use it up for their GPUs. AMD's CPUs, unfortunately, are slow due to significant lack of architecture upgrade; pile driver is no different. Forget AMD CPUs, buy AMD GPUs and Intel Processors. AMD's seems to think the task optimization or co-processors are stupid; meanwhile the ones that Intel has are what make AMD look so bad; hardware and firmware must be balanced, Intel knows that, AMD is somewhat ignorant.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 12/15/11 02:22:52 PM]
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TSMC is also late with 28 nm production just like GloFo. That's why the Radeon 7000 series is being released in Jan. '12 instead of Sept. '11.
2 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/15/11 11:44:57 AM]
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To me the most interesting part, is that despite Moore's law, I believe both companies are making radically different changes to their architecture such that we may see increased disparity in FPS for games between them. AMD is game focused, so I would expect them to win on that front, and Nvidia on the professional front. I don't think you can more or less optimize for both since there are great differences; so what Nvidia invests on the professional front, will cost some FPS. They can't physically outpace AMD, both at 28nm node. Combine that with AMD optimized games and its not a good gamer situation for Nvidia. Or better put, AMD has the natural advantage; ouch haha.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 12/15/11 02:34:35 PM]
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AMD is moving to a professional front too with GCN being more cpu like then gpu like
1 1 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 12/15/11 04:10:20 PM]
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one thing i'd like to say that AMD GPUs can do more than twice the FLOPS the NVidia GPUs can do

source wikipedia

even the 6970 can do more FLOPS than the 590, 2703 Vs 2488.3

so AMD seems to be better in the Scientific area
2 3 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 12/16/11 03:18:57 AM]
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Nvidia has 85% of the Pro graphics market and 5 of the top ten supercomputers. In the pro world its all about the drivers. They're doing fine.
0 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 12/19/11 06:25:54 PM]
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Finally 384bit for Radeons. I afraid NVIDIA strike back with 512bits!!
But seriously hope AMD would be on front even when NVIDIA's 28nm GPUs come. Also more working with Major Software companies like Adobe.
1 1 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 12/15/11 05:53:58 PM]
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