AMD Greenland Flagship 14nm GPU Launching In 2016 – Features Up To 18 Billion Transistors And 32GB of HBM2

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Dec 21, 2015
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[UPDATE#1 10:32 AM ET December 22 2015] South Korea’s Electronic Times and Reuters both have picked up this story since yesterday and it no longer appears to be a rumor.
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[UPDATE#2 10:57 AM ET December 22 2015]
We reached out to AMD and received the following comment.

As a matter of policy we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.  At this time we have not disclosed the foundry partner for our forthcoming FinFET products.  In early November, we announced with GLOBALFOUNDRIES we have taped out multiple products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 14nm Low Power Plus (14LPP) process technology and we are currently conducting validation work on 14LPP production samples.

Our original article as it was published at 01:34 PM ET on December 21 2015 can be found below.

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AMD’s Radeon 400 series flagship GPU “Greenland” is reportedly debuting next summer and is set to enter mass production in Q2 2015 on the Samsung/Globalfounries 14nm LPP process. According to this latest rumor, AMD’s graphics flagship will enter mass production specifically at the end of the second quarter of next year around June, in time for its introduction at the end of the summer and around the back to school shopping season.

According to the extensive collection of leaks and information that have come out to date about Greenland, we know that this GPU is one of AMD’s upcoming next generation family of Arctic Islands graphics processing units which also include Baffin/Ellesmere.

It’s a good time to remind everyone to take this rumor with the usual grain of salt but it’s also worth mentioning that we had published an exclusive report last month confirming that AMD is planning to introduce its next generation Arctic Islands lineup in the summer of next year. And while we cannot validate today’s rumor coming from the far east, we should point out that it is very much aligned with our previous report.

AMD Radeon Graphics Architectures

WCCFTech Year Consumer
Product
GPU Process Transistors In Billions Performance Memory Bandwidth
Southern Islands 2012 HD 7970 Ghz Tahiti 28nm 4.3 4.1 TFLOPS 3GB GDDR5 264GB/s
Volcanic Islands 2013 R9 290X Hawaii 28nm 6.2 5.6 TFLOPS 4GB GDDR5 320GB/s
Caribbean Islands 2015 R9 Fury X Fiji 28nm 8.9 8.6 TFLOPS 4GB HBM1 512GB/s
POLARIS 2016 RX 480 Polaris 10 14nm 5.7 5.2 TFLOPS 8GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
VEGA 2017 RX Vega 64 Vega 10 14nm 12.5 13 TFLOPS 8GB HBM2 480GB/s
VEGA Refresh
VEGA 2
2018

2018
TBA

TBA
TBA

Vega 20
12nm

7nm
12.5

TBA
TBA

TBA
TBA

32GB HBM2
TBA

1 TB/s
NAVI 2019 TBA Navi 10 7nm TBA TBA Nextgen Memory TBA

The 3 Defining Features Of AMD’s Radeon 400 Series Flagship Graphics Card

AMD’s next generation “Arctic Islands” family of Radeon 400 series will represent the very first truly next generation of GPUs from AMD since the HD 7000 series which launched back in January of 2012. Primarily because it’s going to be the very first line-up that’s based on the faster, more power efficient and vastly denser 14nm/16nm FinFET technology nodes rather than the aging planar 28nm manufacturing process.

AMD officially confirmed back in May of this year that its 2016 lineup of GPUs – which includes Greenland as well as Baffin / Ellesemere – will feature three major improvements over the current R 300 series and Fury series. These include second generation HBM, a next generation GCN architecture as well as a more advanced 14/16nm FinFET process. The three of which mean that for the first time since 2012 we’re going to have a comprehensive product lineup that’s generationally ahead in a big way on both the performance and power efficiency fronts than what we have today with the 28nm flock of 300 series and Fury series graphics cards.

Greenland To Feature Globalfoundries / Samsung 14nm LPP Process

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster confirmed in November that the company will leverage Globalfoundries’ 14LLP process for its next generation GPUs but did not go into detail as to which specific products will be made at GloFo versus TSMC, another confirmed partner of AMD’s on the 16FF node. However, as mentioned earlier Greenland will reportedly be made using the Samsung/Globalfoundries 14LPP process according to the report we’re covering today as well as all the whispers we’ve personally been hearing over the past little while.

GPU Family Vega NVIDIA Pascal
Flagship GPU Vega 10 GP102
GPU Process 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
GPU Transistors Up To 18 Billion 12 Billion
Memory Up to 16 GB HBM2 12GB GDDR5X
Bandwidth 512 GB/s 480 GB/s
Graphics Architecture Vega (NCU) Pascal
Predecessor Fiji (Fury Series) GM200 (900 Series)

More Memory, More Bandwidth & A Lot More Transistors

At 1 Terabyte/s of memory bandwidth HBM 2.0 offers double the bandwidth of HBM 1.0 found in the R9 Fury X which features a 4096bit memory interface, 4GB of VRAM and a total of 512GB/s of bandwidth.

Greenland“ which has been numerously purported as the flagship GPU in the Arctic Islands family is set to be AMD’s most powerful and most advanced graphics chip to date. Rumored to feature up to 18 billion transistors and up to 32GB of second generation HBM – 16GB on the consumer variant and 32GB on the FirePro variant – with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. Making it the largest ever graphics engine conceived by the company. At approximately twice the transistor count, double the memory bandwidth and four times the memory capacity of AMD’s current flagship the Fury X, Greenland is bound to the company’s first single GPU solution to bring 4K gaming to the masses.

The Arctic Islands graphics architecture will power everything from next generation mobile and desktop GPUs to APUs and semi-custom chips. There’s also strong evidence to suggest that Nindendo’s next generation gaming device “Nintendo NX” – which is coming next year – will be powered by an AMD semi-custom SOC. Making it a very likely candidate to feature AMD’s “Arctic Islands” GCN graphics architecture.

AMD Radeon Duo Pro Specifications

WCCFTech AMD Radeon Pro Duo AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon R9 Nano AMD Radeon R9 Fury AMD Radeon R9 290X
GPU Fiji XT x 2 Fiji XT Fiji XT Fiji Pro Hawaii XT
Stream Processors 8192 4096 4096 3584 2816
GCN Compute Units 128 64 64 56 44
Render Output Units 128 64 64 64 64
Texture Mapping Units 512 256 256 224 176
GPU Frequency Up to 1000 Mhz Up to 1050Mhz Up to 1000 MHz Up to 1000 MHz 1000Mhz
Memory 8GB HBM (4 GB Per GPU) 4GB HBM 4GB HBM 4GB HBM 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 8192bit (4096 Per GPU) 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit 512bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz 500Mhz 500 MHz 500Mhz 1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 1 TB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 320GB/s
Cooling Liquid Cooling Liquid Cooling Air Cooling Air Cooling Air Cooling
Performance (FP32) 16.38 TFLOPs 8.6 TFLOPS 8.19 TFLOPS 7.2 TFLOPS 5.6 TFLOPS
TDP 350W 275W 175W 275W 250W
Launch Price $1500 $649 $649 $549 $549
Launch Date 26th April 24th June 2015 7th September 2015 10th July 2015 24th October 2013
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