The upcoming launch of Advanced Micro Devices’ next-generation lineup of graphics processing units seems to inherit a lot from Apple’s product announcements when Steve Jobs held the reins. As it appears, two months before the products are rumoured to hit the market, nothing certain is known about the future Radeons.
Leading makers of graphics cards, such as Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, MicroStar International, Sapphire Technology and Tul Corp. (PowerColor) are expected to start mass shipping of AMD’s next-generation Radeon graphics cards code-named Hawaii, according to sources from the upstream supply chain cited by DigiTimes web-site.
While AMD has been rumoured to start mass sales of its next-generation products in October and then ramp up shipments towards the end of the year, X-bit labs could not verify the correctness of the rumour from independent sources with knowledge of the matter.
It is noteworthy that despite of the fact that the next-generation products from AMD are several weeks away from formal announcements, nothing particular is known about them. While it is logical for the new GPUs to belong to the Sea Islands family of products, many believe that the new chips will be a part of Volcanic Islands family. Moreover, even the code-name of the new flagship product is unknown: it may be Hawaii, or it may be Curacao.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.