Code-Names of AMD’s Southern Islands and Solar System GPU Families Revealed

AMD Readies Five Desktop GPUs and Four Laptop GPUs

by Anton Shilov
01/08/2013 | 03:37 PM

A list of code-names of future Advanced Micro Devices graphics processing units (GPUs) for desktops and notebooks have emerged in hardware diagnostic programs designed to identify various computer components. Judging by the number of names, AMD has a lot to reveal in the coming months or quarters.


While Advanced Micro Devices is pretty keen on releasing code-names of its future application processing units (APUs) and central processing units (CPUs), the company is usually tight-lipped about code-names of its graphics processing units for some reason. While the company did reveal that its future desktop GPU family is code-named Sea Islands, whereas the new breed of laptop GPUs is code-named Solar System, it never has revealed actual code-names.

According to web-site, HWinfo information and diagnostic tools can already recognize AMD’s future graphics processors, which means that AMD itself has submitted identification numbers and code-names of the GPUs to developers of appropriate software.

As it appears, Southern Islands family consists of five graphics solutions: Oland, Bonaire, Hainan, Curacao and Aruba. At present, exact positioning of each solution is unclear, but they are written in ascending order (e.g., Oland is entry-level chip, Curacao is highest-performing chip, Aruba is dual-chip flagship solution) based on information that has been published in Wikipedia.

The Solar System family of GPUs for mobile computers will naturally feature only four code-names: Mars, Sun, Neptune and Venus. Official positioning of the chips remains a mystery.

AMD keeps silent about its new families of graphics processors. The only thing currently known for sure is that the majority of new chips will be made using 28nm process technology and will not be re-branded 40nm GPUs. Unfortunately, it is unknown what micro-architecture – GCN or GCN2 – will power the new graphics solutions.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.