In response to VR-Zone’s story on Kaveri’s possible delay to 2014, AMD has confirmed that Kaveri will be available for purchase in 2014.
You say tomato, I say tomato.
Call it a delay by any other name, but AMD has sent out an official statement saying that Kaveri will be available in 2014 after shipping in 2013.
As a recap: Lisa Su’s Computex 2013 keynote ended with an on-stage demo of Kaveri and an announcement that it would be shipping “towards the end of the year.”
Documents seen by VR-Zone show that OEMs were told at Computex to expect the chip to be launched into channel by mid-February 2014.
This wasn’t exactly new news, as at CES Su had hinted at Kaveri was on its way — but she said it would be available in the second half of 2013.
See the difference? Any way you slice it, it would be reasonable to assume that 2013 was Kaveri’s year and enthusiasts could get their hands on it before the New Year’s bell dropped on December 31.
— AMD (@AMD) January 8, 2013
An investor’s roadmap published days before Computex also reinforced Kaveri’s expected release unto the world. It’s bright orange hue shoes this rather controversial 28nm chip would be launched, shipped, available, or whatever in the last third of the year. See for yourself:
Here’s AMD’s official statement on the nuances of language and Kaveri’s launch date:
AMD’s ‘Kaveri’ high-performance APU remains on track and will start shipping to customers in Q4 2013, with first public availability in the desktop component channel very early in Q1 2014.
‘Kaveri’ features up to four ‘Steamroller’ x86 cores, major heterogeneous computing enhancements, and a discrete-level Graphics Core Next (GCN) implementation – AMD’s first high-performance APU to offer GCN. ‘Kaveri’ will be initially offered in the FM2+ package for desktop PCs.
Mobile ‘Kaveri’ products will be available later in the first half of 2014.
Perhaps all of AMD’s stakeholders should meet before a big keynote like Computex to make sure that all stakeholders — the public, the press and OEMs — are getting the same message and getting it clearly. It isn’t clear whether AMD’s muddled response to questions about Kaveri’s timeline is PR trickery, a series of mistakes, or simply one hand not talking to the other.