We had a chance to talk with John Byrne, AMD’s Vice President of Worldwide GPU & Chipsets at AMD and to ask him five questions that touch on the current graphic situation.
Fudo: Is AMD happy with the success of HD3800 series?
AMD John: Hi Fudo, we are delighted with the reception of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series in the market. The ATI Radeon HD 3850 is looked upon as the best sub-$200 GPU in the marketplace and the ATI Radeon HD 3870 is a tremendous follow-on to the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT. All of our customers are seeing extremely strong demand for these new products in both standalone and CrossFire configurations. We have shipped significant volumes of these products into the market and they continue to sell out around the globe.
With feature sets including DX10.1, DisplayPort, PCIe 2.0, built in HDMI with 5.1 Audio, HDCP, UVD and produced on 55nm….it’s clear to see why 3800 is a winner.
Fudo: How is the customers' response on FireGL V8650 with a new driver?
AMD John: The FireGL V8650 (2GB) will ship in volume from mid-January.
Response to the new lineup has been extremely favorable. In turn, we are winning most of the benchmarks and reviews. 2008 will be a big year for our Workstation products..
Fudo: Does AMD think that graphics future is multi-core R680 in mind?
AMD John: We’re focused on delivering the best combination of price, performance and power efficiency leadership for our customers. The unbelievable performance-per-watt of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series allows us to look at single-board and multi-GPU designs such as R680.
Fudo: Any plans to introduce RV670 as a mobile chip part?
AMD John: We will deliver mobile derivatives of RV670 into the market in 1H 2008. As Rick Bergman mentioned to you previously, 2008 will be a big year in notebook discrete graphics with AMD nailing key platform transitions.
Fudo: Is the availability of 3870 going to get better shortly?
AMD John: The ATI Radeon HD 3870 has seen tremendous demand so far, surpassing even our own expectations. We have already shipped a significant amount of these cards and are taking steps to further adjust our mix to ensure an even broader availability of the ATI Radeon HD 3870. Demand for these cards is huge!
And Fudo, best wishes for the festive period to you and your readers!