AMD Delays Radeon HD 6000 Launch, Nvidia Ready to Pounce

Paul Lilly

Word from behind the lines where graphics cards are produced is that AMD recently postponed the launch of its Radeon HD 6000 series, pushing back the release from October 12 to sometime in November.

This gives Nvidia a short Window to steal some market share that would have otherwise gone towards AMD next month. To help do that, Nvidia plans to launch its new entry-level GeForce GT 430 in October, while also trimming the price on its existing GeForce GT 220 and GTX 460 graphics cards.

Getting back to AMD, sources say the company's HD 6000 series will use a 40nm manufacturing process as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) opted to skip over its 32nm R&D for GPUs and advance directly to 28nm. This would seem to give some weight to the leaked AMD slide that we posted yesterday.

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