AMD To Live Webcast Next Generation Hawaii GPU ‘Volcanic Islands’ At GPU’14 Conference

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Sep 18, 2013
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It looks like AMD would be pulling the plug and would live webcast the GPU’14 product showcased of their next generation Hawaii GPU that is part of their upcoming ‘Volcanic Islands’ family. It was already confirmed that AMD would be announcing their Hawaii GPU in Hawaii on 25th September and now we have finally got an official conformation by AMD.

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AMD To Live Webcast Next Generation Hawaii GPU ‘Volcanic Islands’ At GPU’14 Conference

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will webcast a special product showcase taking place at the AMD GPU ’14 Tech Day event Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at 3 p.m. EDT.

A real-time video webcast of the showcase can be accessed on the Investor Relations home page:ir.amd.com. A replay of the webcast can be accessed approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live event and will be available for 30 days after the event.

Additionally, viewers may access the webcast on the AMD Gaming Facebook page and AMD’s YouTubechannel. A replay of the webcast can be accessed on AMD’s YouTube channel. AMD

We should expect to see the new generation of AMD graphics, presumably codenamed AMD R-200 series as was recently noticed at the launch featuring the flagship Hawaii GPU and possibly a few refreshed chips such as Tahiti. In a recent interview with Forbes, AMD’s Corporate Vice President and General manager for graphics deparment , Matt Skynner has detailed that their next generation flagship Hawaii GPU would be based on 28nm process and they will not be moving to a 20nm design process.

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No reason was foretold but its easy to point out the cost of production that goes into acquiring 20nm wafers that is not yet feasible and the fact that 20nm volume production doesn’t begins until Q1 2014. The Hawaii GPU and Volcanic Islands family are set to feature a new naming scheme and would be called the R-200 series.

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“Another thing I can tell you is about the process node: this GPU is in 28nm. Some have speculated that it was 20nm and it’s not for a specific reason: At 28nm for an enthusiast GPU, we can achieve higher clock speeds and higher absolute performance.”

It is also revealed by Matt that the Hawaii GPU would be atleast 30% smaller than the NVIDIA’s flagship GK110 core which means that while it would be smaller than its rival, the Hawaii GPU would still end up larger than its predecessor – Tahiti that measures 365mm2.

“It’s also extremely efficient. [Nvidia’s Kepler] GK110 is nearly 30% bigger from a die size point of view. We believe we have the best performance for the die size for the enthusiast GPU.

So we have official conformation, now what remains to be seen is whether AMD would deliver and finally give a blow to NVIDIA’s behemoth GK110 core or aim for a more performance to value approach.

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