amd radeon graphics 300x253 AMDs next gen GPU family codenamed Sea Islands

While Southern Islands is only just beginning to roll out, a recently ex-AMD ASIC designer's Linkedin profile reveals the possible codename for AMD's next-gen GPU family  - Sea Islands. 

While Southern Islands is only just beginning to roll out, a recently ex-AMD ASIC designer's Linkedin profile reveals the possible codename for AMD's next-gen GPU family  - Sea Islands. 

During his tenure as MTS Design Engineer at AMD, Alexander Shternshain worked on Evergreen and Northern Islands – branded HD 5000 and HD 6000 families, Fusion APUs – Ontario (C/E Series), Llano (A-Series) as well as Krishna, whose fate is unknown. The final two GPU families mentioned are Southern Islands – which we already have come to know as Radeon HD 7000 family – and the future family, Sea Islands. 

Unlike the rather vague codenames of Northern Islands and Southern Islands, Sea Islands directly refers to the chain of islands on the USA's Atlantic coast. We can thus expect the individual chips from the family codenamed along the lines of the prominent islands in the region. 

Sea Islands, if that is indeed the final codename, is still a long way away – possibly late 2012/early 2013 at the earliest – while the rumour mill is still digesting Southern Islands. We can expect AMD to build on the GCN architecture with Sea Islands as TSMC's 28nm process matures. 

Source: Linkedin