by Anton Shilov
11/02/2011 | 11:29 PM
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.