AMD’s latest Roadmap unveiled – entire Platforms till 2011
A Japanese website has leaked slides from a major presentation organized by AMD Japan. We have a roadmap with all details, not just CPU, but GPU, IGP, Chipset and entire platforms from AMD all the way till 2011 – for both Desktop and Notebooks.
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First up is the Desktop Roadmap. We are in 2009, and it is worth noting that for GPU, ATI’s 7xx series (HD 4000) is listed as 40nm. In fact, the HD 4000 series is largely 55nm, except for RV740, which is 40nm.
Moving on to 2010, there are no surprises. Leo platform comes in Q2 with 6-core Thuban CPUs, along with 800 series chipsets. In terms of GPU, we have Evergreen all the way through 2010, though the next-gen has been rumoured to hit retail in second half of 2010. (Just as Evergreen – it only shows up on the Roadmap for 2010, when it is already shipping) Interestingly, no fab process has been mentioned for Evergreen. This might indicate the possibility of a 32nm shrink in 2010.
Talking of next-gen GPU, this is our first big news – it is indeed codenamed Northern Islands. We will wait and see if this puts to rest rumours of a rather amusing codename of Hecatonchires (try pronouncing that!). Northern Islands, manufactured at 32nm, is ATI’s next-gen GPU, and finds it’s way into AMD’s Scorpius and Lynx platforms, both scheduled for 2011.
Scorpius is powered by >4 core, 32nm, Bulldozer CPU, based on AMD’s much anticipated next-gen architecture. Lynx finally sees AMD Fusion come to light. The Llano APU will consist of a 32nm shrink of the STARS core (currenly present in Phenom II X4) and a 32nm integrated GPU – both included on the same die. Details about the GPU are not mentioned, but it is rumoured to be based on Evergreen.
Moving on to the Notebook side,
AMD’s soon to be launched Netbook platform, Congo, is now renamed to simply “2nd Gen UT”. With 2010, we have the Danube platform, with AMD’s first notebook quad-core CPU. In terms of GPU, 2009 is listed as ATI M9x, which is Mobility HD 4000 series. Once again, it is listed as 40nm, though the only 40nm GPU is RV740.
The biggest surprise is the 2010 GPU. The rumoured codenames were Park, Madison and Broadway. These happen to be famous avenues in Manhattan, so the Manhattan family codename fits in well. However, notice the fab process – 32nm! Manhattan was widely rumoured to be straight derivates of desktop 40nm Evergreen GPUs. Even more surprising is that it appears the DX10.1 from M9x carries on into Manhattan. Barring typos and confusing slide designs, these are both major surprises. It would appear Manhattan is not a 40nm Evergreen based GPU, but rather a 32nm M9x shrink, something that seems very unlikely. We will look out for clarification on this information.
Moving on to 2011, and Fusion hits notebooks. Sabine platform is based around the same Llano APU found in desktops. Brazos is the low-voltage platform, which seems to be manufactured at 40nm – for the complete APU.
GPU for notebooks remains next-gen Northern Islands at 32nm. The 2011 platforms increases battery life (battery life being a constant criticism for AMD’s notebook platforms) by a significant amount.
In the end, we get some confirmations, some surprises, and AMD’s very latest roadmap. It is only a rough guide, and we can expect further changes and more precise dates in the future. From AMD’s point of view, they sure must hope 2011 comes in early.
In addition to the roadmaps, a few slides about Evergreen and Eyefinity are also published at the link below.
Reference: Blog Ratuken
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