AMD’s Raja Koduri Celebrates Vega 10 GPU Development Milestone – Next-Gen, HBM2 Powered Chips For Radeon 2017 Family

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 23, 2016
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According to a tweet by Raja Koduri (SVP and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has achieved a development milestone for their upcoming Vega 10 GPU series.  The tweet by Raja confirms that AMD is on track with the development of their next-generation graphics products which are expected to launch next year in the Radeon family.

AMD Celebrates Vega 10 GPU Development Milestone – Powering High-End Radeon Cards in 2017

The tweet confirms that Raja Koduri is in Shanghai this week along with the GPU design team who developed the upcoming Polaris GPUs and the next-generation Vega GPUs. The design team is already celebrating the first Vega 10 GPU milestone which shows that the development process is going smooth and steady but Raja also states  that it will be a long way to go before you see it. We already know from AMD’s official slides that Vega GPUs are planned for launch next year as Polaris will be taking over the mainstream market in 2016.

Following is a picture of the GPU design team over at Radeon Technologies Group who are responsible for the development of Polaris and Vega GPUs. AMD has most of their GPU design team concentrated in Shanghai in mainland China and that’s where most of the development and engineering process is handled.

AMD Vega 10 GPU Features HBM2 – High-Performance Graphics Cards To Replace Fury Series Next Year

AMD’s goal with Vega 10 would be to replace their Fiji based Fury series with high-performance offerings that feature the second generation High-Bandwidth memory solution. The Vega series of GPUs are based on brand new technology and architecture designs. You may call it a step better than Polaris which itself is a 2.8x leap on AMD’s older 28nm products. Vega is going to deliver better performance per watt than Polaris due to a efficient memory architecture and a fine tuned 14nm FinFET process.

AMD’s latest GPU architecture roadmap confirms Vega in 2017 and Navi in 2018.

We have little details regarding Vega 10 at the moment but previous leaks suggest that the will feature 4096 stream processors. These are not the current generation stream processors but utilize the advancements made in the IP v9.0 generation of graphics SOCs under development by AMD. It is also noted that this chip is the “Leading Chip” of the first graphic IP v9.0 chip generation. We can expect to see a liquid cooled design and a new dual GPU offering under the Vega family when it launches in 2017.

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AMD Graphics Architectures

WCCFTechYearProductGPUProcessTransistors In BillionsPerformanceMemoryBandwidth
Southern Islands2012HD 7970 GhzTahiti28nm4.3 4.1 TFLOPS3GB GDDR5264GB/s
Volcanic Islands2013R9 290XHawaii28nm6.25.6 TFLOPS4GB GDDR5320GB/s
Caribbean Islands2015R9 Fury XFiji28nm8.98.6 TFLOPS4GB HBM1512GB/s
POLARIS2016RX 480Polaris 1014nm5.75.2 TFLOPS8GB GDDR5256 GB/s
VEGA2017TBAVega 1014nmUp To 1812 TFLOPS16GB HBM2512 GB/s
VEGA2018TBAVega 207nm--32GB HBM21 TB/s
NAVI2019TBANavi 107nm--Nextgen Memory-

AMD’s Vega is also expected to shake things up in the FirePro and HPC market. Currently, AMD do not see a big success as their counterparts in the professional field but with high-performance product input, things can change. The Vega 10 GPU is expected to be featured in multiple designs ranging from consumer products and all the way up to multi-TFLOPs FirePro graphics cards and even HPC APUs which could feature the full Vega 10 ASIC on the same piece of silicon.

AMD expects to grow the VR ecosystem  with great software and hardware capabilities.

AMD also wants to deploy a new interconnect fabric during the same time as Opteron Zen and Vega FirePro products are introduced to keep up in the HPC space against the likes of Intel and NVIDIA who are quite dominant in this sector.

The GPUs arriving in 2017 will also be the first to deploy HBM2 memory which means that current GPUs will have to stick with either GDDR5. We know that AMD is using GDDR5 memory on their fastest Polaris 10 chip hence it is possible that AMD is reserving HBM2 for their compute oriented cards and makes sense since their collaborative partner,SK Hynix, also plans to begin HBM2 memory production in Q3 2016.

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GPU FamilyAMD PolarisAMD VegaNVIDIA PascalNVIDIA Volta
Flagship GPUPolaris 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP100NVIDIA GV110
GPU ProcessGloFo 14nm FinFETGloFo 14nm FinFETTSMC 16nm FinFETFinFET
GPU TransistorsTBC15-18 Billion15.3 BillionTBD
Memory (Consumer Cards)GDDR5GDDR5X/HBM2?GDDR5X/HBM2?GDDR6/HBM2?
Memory (Dual-Chip Professional/ HPC)GDDR5HBM2HBM2HBM2
HBM2 Bandwidth256 GB/s512 GB/s (Peak)720 GB/s (Peak)1 TB/s (Peak)
Graphics ArchitectureGCN 4.0 (Polaris)GCN 4.0 (Vega)5th Gen Pascal CUDA6th Gen Volta CUDA
Successor of (GPU)Radeon 300 SeriesRadeon Fury SeriesGM200 (Maxwell)GV110 (Volta)
Launch2016201720162017-2018

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