It was once reported about a year ago that AMD’s Tonga GPU had a 384-bit memory interface, not the 256-bit interface it was using. We did not hear much about it until today where it has actually been confirmed that the chip does indeed have a 384-bit memory interface.
Well it looks like “Arctic Islands” will contain three main GPUs, Greenland for the high-end, Ellesmere for the mid-range, and Baffin for the entry-level. It looks like both Ellesmere and Baffin have been taped out and are awaiting FinFET process volume production, which will kick off next year.
At this point we really do not know that much about AMD’s next generation GPU. We do however know that will be feature HBM2 with over 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. Well AMD CEO Lisa Su recently stated, “We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology”.
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su unveiled the companies next flagship graphics processor at AMD’s press event at Computex 2015. She literally pulled the chip out of her pocket to show everyone. Taking a closer look at the chip we can see that it will be one of the biggest GPU packages to date at 50 mm x 50 mm.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about all of the information that came out of AMD’s Financial Analyst day which includes both their CPU and GPU plans for 2016, we get our first look at the R9 390X, talk about Rockstar banning players in GTA V, and more!
We first heard about AMD’s Greenland GPU when we details AMD’s upcoming 16-core APU. Greenland will be the successor to Fiji (which will be powering the upcoming R9 390X). It has been reported that this new core will not be a radically new core. AMD wants the main goal of Greenland to bring more performance per watt to AMD GPUs in 2016.
It looks like NVIDIA is dominating the GPU market. According to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) in Q3 of 2014 NVIDIA secured 76% of the GPU market share leaving AMD with just 24%. Both Matrox and S3 are now out of the game with Matrox losing its small 0.10% market share to NVIDIA.
Sapphire is teasing a new liquid cooled AMD graphics card in their latest video on YouTube. There are many speculations, but could this be the R9 390X? Sapphire is calling this “Project NFC” with NFC standing for “Not from Concentrate”. NFC in the food industry means that water has been extracted form the juice of a fruit.
In our previous post we talked about NVIDIA working with TSMC on the 16 nm FinFET process. We wondered why AMD is was not the released list of companies who are working with TSMC. Well it looks like AMD will manufacture their GPUs at Global Foundries.
It looks like TSMC is ready to move to volume production on their 16 nm FinFET process. Based on a recent report we know that NVIDIA is joining them. Does that mean that NVIDIA is skipping the 20 nm fab process completely?
Apr 29, 2016 0