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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 10:05

AMD 28nm graphics coming in 2H 2011

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Southern islands
We are expecting the first 28nm graphics chips from AMD to appear in 2H 2011, of course in case that TSMC gets the grip of the new 28nm process  and doesn't run into any serious issues with the big process transition.

We’ve read a few rumours that Southern Islands can come in first half of 2011 and we can now confirm that this is highly unlikely. TSMC hasn’t taped out any 28nm AMD parts and even if they did, the production won't be ready until second half of 2011.

The 28nm manufacturing process is a big milestone for graphics as it will let graphics manufacturers to squeeze in even more transistors (Like three billion is not enough ed. ) achieve higher clocks and get significantly more performance at the same of lower TDPs.

The good news is that 28nm chips are still scheduled for 2011 and by this time next year there is a good chance we will have 28nm graphics from both ATI and Nvidia in the stores, provided all goes well for TSMC. Southern Islands might also be produced at Globalfoundries, but at this time we are not aware that GloFo is actually working on 28nm graphics.
Last modified on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 10:58
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+40 #1 lucserp 2010-11-17 11:11
Ivy Bridge (22 nm) + 28 nm graphics (Nvidia/AMD) = best upgrade in 2H 2011 !!!
+17 #2 chaoseater 2010-11-17 13:05
Seems like a bad time to get a GPU for now, both sides are squeezing cards out of nowhere. Was planning on a 6870 and now news that it's successor might appear in around 8 months apart from rumors of the mythical 560 supposed to be 30% faster than the 460 and expected early next year.
If the 560 does exist they are prolly prepping it for Crysis 2 just like they had timed the 8800 for the first game.
Guess i ll buy a used 5770 and OC it till it dies for now
+7 #3 loadwick 2010-11-17 13:09
Quoting lucserp:
Ivy Bridge (22 nm) + 28 nm graphics (Nvidia/AMD) = best upgrade in 2H 2011 !!!

Sorry to burst your bubble (as i too was dreaming for that set up next year) but it will never happen.

If, and it’s a big 'if', Intel release any 22nm Ivy Bridge's in 2011 then it will be the very low end and/or mobile. I am guess you want high-end if you like to be on the cutting edge of development.

Sadly, Intel in its infinite wisdom has decided not to release high-end Sandy Bridge until late 2011 so sadly there certainly won't be any high end Ivy Bridge for a good 12 months after that launch date, bar possibly some Extreme Edition but still unlikely.
+16 #4 Wolfdale 2010-11-17 13:13
Quoting chaoseater:
Guess i ll buy a used 5770 and OC it till it dies for now

i had a 4890 allready, and i got a second hand 4890sc for 30 euro on an auction site..
best bang for my buck for sure untill the next nm shrink hits the shelves.. and then ill wait 2 months for those prices to drop as well.. and THEN i might consider buying one of those cards..

my previous card (3870x2) and the current one (4890) i bought in pre-order..
at the end i just regret wasting a fortune on those things.. 2 months later they are well below 75% of that price, and 6 months later in some situations they are 50% or cheaper cuz of next gen release etc..

even tough i got old gen cards.. i have a very nice game setup this way :)
+7 #5 jedm33 2010-11-17 14:03
If southern Islands will be released in 2q 2011, then what is the rumoured AMD's Hekatoncheiris gpu will be?

AFAIK gloflo will produce the 28nm because they are already developing it since early 2009, being ahead of TSMC in the 28nm process...
+17 #6 FoxMontage 2010-11-17 14:25
Seems like a bad time to get a GPU for now
I agree. There are a lot of things on the horizon.

TSMC hasn’t taped out any 28nm AMD parts

Just to make a pedantic comment: Foundaries don't tape-out. The ASIC designers are the ones that "tape-out" their design to the fab when they are ready.
-28 #7 B0GiE-uk- 2010-11-17 15:00
AMD 28nm graphics coming in 2H 2011,

that will more than likely mean 1Q 2012.
+7 #8 Nerdmaster 2010-11-17 17:09
These are great news. Looks like that in half a year we will have 28nm cards. Who is looking for a 5 billion transistor GPU? :-)
-27 #9 SlickR 2010-11-17 18:19
STFU Fuad. 28nm is 1 year away, so why the [censored] mention it?
-4 #10 Jermelescu 2010-11-17 20:33
Goodbye NVIDIA, it was nice knowing you. :)

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