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The recent firings from Advanced Micro Devices apparently reduced not only marketing and PR personnel, but also engineers. Fired in November, 2011, a hardware designer from AMD has disclosed the code-name of the company’s next-generation of graphics processors – Sea Islands – over at his profile in LinkedIn social network.

Alexander Shternshain, a former MTS design engineer at AMD, who is looking for a new job now, has unveiled the name of AMD’s future graphics processors: Sea Islands. The new family will likely emerge in 2012 or in 2013 and will be most probably be made using 28nm fabrication process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. According to VR-Zone web-site, Sea Islands name “directly refers to the chain of islands on the USA's Atlantic coast”.

Based on his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Shternshain was involved in design of the latest AMD families of graphic processors starting with Evergreen and Northern Islands (Radeon HD) GPU families, Fusion APUs (Ontario, Llano, Krishna), and the Southern Islands and Sea Islands GPU families.

Actual specifications or peculiarities of the Sea Islands product family remain unknown. What is natural to expect is further development of GCN [graphics core next] architecture with the addition of multimedia-related features, gneral purpose computing and graphics performance improvements. The Sea Islands lineup will likely continue to belong to DirectX 11.1 generation of GPUs.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.


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


Comments currently: 5
Discussion started: 01/02/12 03:16:10 PM
Latest comment: 02/02/12 07:46:59 PM
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Ha,ha some fools got caught palgiarising. There is no Sea Islands GPU series.
9 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/02/12 03:23:05 PM]
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Looks like you have no idea what you are talking about and Anton was right afterall. Considering you are an AMD fanboy, it's surprising that you didn't know that Sea Islands doesn't exist.


During AMD's Financial Analyst Day 2012, the company took no hesitation to present its roadmap in the GPU front extending all the way into late 2013. At the very top of its Client and Graphics Roadmap depicts the 28nm Southern Islands GPU family being replaced with a new 28nm Sea Islands GPU family sometime in 2013.

Good job Anton for calling this one almost a month ago. Thumps up!
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/02/12 07:41:23 PM]

I love it. Another site calling out Sea Islands. Like the post above me says, there is no sea islands. AMD's next GPU line is Canary Islands.
4 2 [Posted by: distinctively  | Date: 01/02/12 04:30:33 PM]
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Sea Islands is the 2nd generation of GCN architecture and it is definitely not made up. It is slated for launch in 2013 and is actually on AMD's GPU Roadmap slides.

AMD has now confirmed that its next-generation Radeon HD 8000 Series family will indeed be released under this (i.e., "Sea Islands" codename.

Here is the slide from AMD's Financial Analyst Day 2012:
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/02/12 07:46:59 PM]


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