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AMD 2016 roadmap skips HBM 2.0

by on22 April 2016

Vega comes in 2017

This might be one of these we told you so articles, but our well-placed sources have indicated for a long time that HBM 2.0 might not be as easy and broad

As most of you know by now, Nvidia Pascal for HPC is going to come with the HBM 2.0 but it is unlikely that the HBM 2.0 card gets to the Geforce Pascal, at least not at first.

AMD has stated that in 2016 it plans to launch Polaris 11, a GCN 4th generation Core with HEVC encode and decode support, HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.3 and that the chip will be manufactured in 14nm GloFo process. One of the codenames we heard before is Baffin and this card has similar or better performance to Maxwell based Geforce GTX 950 at half of the power consumption.

The other card planned for 2016 is Polaris 10, codename Ellesmere, again a GPU with the same GCN 4th generation core with HEVC encode and decode support, HDMI 2.0, Display Port 1.3 and it is a 14nm GlobalFoundries manufactured FinFET GPU.

AMD also revealed a bit information regarding the next-gen GPU, codename VEGA. This is a HBM 2.0 based GPU placed in 2017, which sounds like a delay. We have been talking about the Greenland GPU and this is what we believe that Vega or Vega 10 are. S

ome of our talkative chaps at our comment section did mention that Vega roadmap in 2017 is not an exclusive top to buttom solution. We see that Vega HBM 2.0 makes it to the performance and extreme performance market replacing cards like Fury and Fury X but less expensive cards will have to rely on cheaper GDDR5 or similar memory.

Have in mind that Pascal GP100 a high performance Geforce has a chance to get the HMB 2.0 at later date. First chips are going to use GDDR5 as far as our sources are telling us with possibility to see a Titan card using super-fast, super expensive HBM 2.

AMD also places Navi architecture with next generation memory for 2018 but bear in mind that this is the time for Nvidia Volta, of course in case those things don’t get delayed. 


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