Announced earlier this year at AMD’s Computex press conference, the Trinity accelerated processing unit (APU) will replace the chip maker’s Llano APU, which has been experiencing shortages due to poor 32-nm yields at Globalfoundries. Until recently, we only knew that Trinity would arrive in 2012. But thanks to Thomas Seifert, senior vice president and chief financial officer of AMD, we now have a much better idea about Trinity’s releases schedule.
AMD was forced to relinquish its single-GPU performance crown when Nvidia launched its GeForce GTX 580 videocard, but still retained bragging rights for having the fastest single videocard on the planet, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. Meet the successor to this popular card, the Radeon HD 6990 (codenamed Antilles).
Matt Skynner, AMD's Corporate VP and General Manager of its GPU division, surprised attendees of the AMD Asia Pacific Fusion Tech Day by whipping out the upcoming card packed with two Cayman GPUs insides, pictures of which quickly flooded the Internet.
AMD didn't get into too many specifics, but you can spy a single DVI output and four mini DisplayPorts. Power is provided by a 6-pin and 8-pin pair of connectors, and according to HardwareZone, the card is "close to the length of a forearm" (holding a piece of paper up to the card, 4Gamer.net estimates the length to be around 300mm, or just shy of 12 inches).
4Gamer says the card should be begin shipping by the end of the first quarter.
Turns out the rumors are true, AMD's Cayman card (Radeon HD 6970) really is delayed. Originally scheduled to launch later this month, AMD says it's pushing back the release date to December 13, 2010, Fudzilla reports.
"Demand for the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series continues to be very strong, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 remains the fastest graphics card in the world and the newest members of the AMD graphics family, the AMD Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870, have set new standards for performance at their respective price points, and are available in volume," AMD said in a PR statement.
"With that in mind, we are going to take a bit more time before shipping the AMD Radeon HD 6900 series. As of today, the NDA lift for information relating to the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 will be week 50. We will be providing additional information on these products, including the exact date and time of the NDA lift, in the weeks prior to launch."
That essentially boils down to a three-week delay, which leads us to believe there's more to the story than what AMD is willing to divulge. We don't doubt that current parts are selling well, but if AMD was able to release Cayman in time for the holiday shopping spree, it seems to us they'd want to do that. Fudzilla reckons that the Cayman part might not be quite up to par with Nvidia's GTX 580 videocard and so AMD is simply buying a little time to tweak things, while past reports suggest Texas Instruments has been slow to ship a crucial part used in building the upcoming card.
The gang over at VR-Zone believe they have it on good authority that AMD's upcoming Cayman card, otherwise known as the Radeon HD 6970, is being delayed, but not because of yield issues as some have speculated. Citing an "insider," VR-Zone says the problem has to do with a shortage of a specific piece of hardware from Texas Instruments.
Specifically, TI is having trouble supplying an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was introduced on AMD's HD 6800 series. Because it's such a new part, there isn't much info floating around cyberspace, only that current supply is limited.
Since the same part is used in current 6800 series cards and because the 6800 and 6900 series use the same VRM design, there just aren't enough parts to go around. That's good news for Nvidia, which just stole back the single-GPU performance crown with its GeForce GTX 580 videocard.
There's still a chance AMD will launch Cayman on November 22nd as originally planned, but if it does, supply will likely be limited.
There's been plenty of chatter about AMD's upcoming HD 6000 series, but not much in the way of what Nvidia's been up to. Will Nvidia have anything to counter AMD's new graphics cards?
According to the latest water cooler talk, Nvidia is getting close to announcing its GeForce GTX 580. This card will use the GF110 GPU and supplant the GTX 480 as Nvidia's flagship videocard.
The GTX 580 will come with 512 CUDA cores, 128 texture units, and probably 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory bus. German site 3dcenter.org also lists other GF110 GPUs with as many as 768 CUDA cores. Depending on the GPU, performance is expected to be anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent faster than the GTX 480.