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Friday, 31 May 2013 10:31

AMD updates roadmap, looks stylish

Written by Peter Scott

No big changes, Kaveri gets FM2+ socket

An updated AMD roadmap, dated May 21, has been leaked by Computerbase.de. Other than the fact that it looks a bit like the tile UI of Windows Phone 8, there is not much to report, but there are a few interesting details.

It seems like AMD is bringing the Kaveri rollout forward by a few weeks, but we can’t be sure, due to the redesign of the roadmap template itself. It looks like it should launch in late Q3, although we probably won’t see it until the end of the year. In addition, the roadmap seems to confirm that Kaveri will use the new FM2+ socket. Kaveri is a 28nm part with GCN graphics and HSA support, and the new socket might have something to do with support for GDDR5 or even DDR4 memory in subsequent generations.

With regard to Jaguar based products, everything seems to be on track. Kabini and Temash will roll out over the next few weeks as expected. Vishera won’t be changed this year, which was also to be expected. All we can hope for are a few faster SKUs and that’s it.

The GPU plans haven’t been changed either. HD8000 parts are coming later this year, but bear in mind that they will probably be revamped rebrands of 7000-series products. Proper next generation products are coming in 20nm sometime next year, probably mid-year or the latter half of the year. Nvidia is taking the same approach and waiting for 20nm, so it is looking like a stalemate this year.

Kaveri is coming too late to make much of a difference this year, so Jaguar-based parts should mark the year, which is what we’ve been saying for a while now. Mind you, this is not a bad thing, as Kabini and Temash are looking very good indeed.

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