AMD Preps Radeon HD 8000M “Solar System” Product Family – Report

AMD to Reveal Next-Generation Mobility Radeon HD 8000 “Solar System” GPUs at Consumer Electronics Show

by Anton Shilov
12/17/2012 | 07:36 AM

UPDATE: AMD Unveils First Specifications of Radeon HD 8000M “Solar” Graphics Processors.


Advanced Micro Devices plans to show off the first Radeon HD 8000M products that belong to the new code-named Solar System family at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, next month. The new chips will be aimed at notebooks and will support a number of innovations, which at present remain a mystery.

AMD is projected to announce new additions to its family of graphics processing units at the CES. Everything that is currently known about the new AMD Radeon HD 8000M-series “Solar System” product family is that it will support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.3 and OpenCL 1.2 application programming interfaces. It is unclear whether the new chips are based on the GCN [graphics core next] architecture, or the technology behind Solar System is more advanced. There will be at least two new chips – code-named Mars and Venus – launched at CES with several more announced, reports Expreview web-site.

It is expected that one of the first notebooks to feature AMD Radeon HD 8550M will be Asustek Computer’s Vivobook U38N laptop. However, it is also rumoured that there will be at least one all-in-one desktop design displayed at the CES.

It is noteworthy that AMD begins to roll out its new HD 8000-series of graphics chips starting with graphics processors for mobile personal computers. Such approach signals growing importance of mobile GPUs in general and AMD’s attempt to fight back market share it lost to Nvidia Corp. this year after the latter signed numerous design wins with laptops powered by Intel Corp.’s Core i-series “Ivy Bridge” central processing units.

AMD intends to unleash new Radeon HD 8000 “Sea Islands” family of graphics processors for desktops later in 2013.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.