AMD Launches a Mysterious Countdown Timer for a Possible New Architecture, GPU or Product
Update: Our reader @Laika has found something very interesting in the source code of the website. This confirms that AMD is going to unveil their next generation Kaveri Mobility lineup at the Computex 2014 stage. The new APUs will feature the FX and A10 branding and the article has been updated with a specs chart which confirms this.
Well well well, this just popped up a few hours back and it appears that AMD is launching something new and exciting on the 4th of June (aka Computex) and in approximately 6 days. The countdown timer can be found at the eye-raising domain "ifitcanreachspace.com'' and shows an object rising on a balloon at the periphery of earth and space.
AMD Launching 'Something' at the Edge of Space on June 4 - Possible New Architecture, GPU or Product
Now heres the thing, the only thing that even remotely links this site to AMD at first glance, is the familiar artwork of the blue popup claiming "So far ahead of its time that we are launching it at the edge of space". However, if you were to perform a WhoIs trace you would find the site registered to a certain "Advanced Micro Devices" and even AMD's Marketing Manager Christian Dotzauer. So this site is obviously being hosted by AMD and for a launch of its own product. If that didn't convince you, sometime back the site page actually had the AMD prefix but it has now been conveniently removed. So onto the actual launch. I am just kidding, we obviously have no material as such as to what this is and even the speculation shit time will be more speculation and less informed guesswork.
The first that came to mind was obviously Mobile Kaveri. Mobile Kaveri is infact launching at around the same time in June and is actually faster than the immediate competition if the Slides are to be believed. So that is indeed the primary candidate on statistics alone. But something just doesn't add up about launching a mobile based chip, whose nomenclature extends from a river, in space. This could be the new upcoming Tonga GPU Architecture (and the GPU) from AMD which is designed to directly counter Maxwell's power/performance ratings and would generally deserve a launch in space more than Mobile Kaveri. Ofcourse, it could be the launch of AMD's new microprocessor architecture that we have bee hearing so much about, the one that is thought to revive Red's flailing compute section and provide Intel with real competition again. Or, it could be something else entirely, something we have no clue about. An example being a chip for a security actor such as Lockheed Martin, or even NASA. There is no point in going down this particular road because the list is endless, but this is going to get decent hype very soon (June 4th) and I for one can't wait to see what it is.
A thumbnail found out by TweakPC.de on the same ifitcanreachspace.com teaser site mentions the use of FX branding. The FX branding is confirmed to be featured on the top most AMD FX-7600 and FX-7500 Kaveri APUs which will be unveiled at the event. You can find out the specifications of the entire lineup below:
AMD Mobility Kaveri APU Lineup:
|AMD FX-7600P||AMD FX-7500||AMD A10-7400P||AMD A10-7300||AMD A8-7200P||AMD A8-7100||AMD A6-7000||AMD A10 PRO-7350B||AMD A8 PRO-7150B||AMD A6 PRO-7050B|
|CPU Base / Turbo Clock||2.7 /3.6 GHz||2.5 /3.4 GHz||2.4 /3.3 GHz||2.1 /3.3 GHz||1.9 /3.2 GHz||1.8 /3.0 GHz||2.2 /3.0 GHz||2.1 / 3.3 GHz||1.9 / 3.2 GHz||2.2 / 3.0 GHz|
|Radeon Brand||Radeon R7||Radeon R6||Radeon R5||Radeon R7||Radeon R6||Radeon R5||Radeon R4||Radeon R6||Radeon R5||Radeon R4|
|GPU Base / Turbo Clock||600 / 686 MHz||756 / 553 MHz||553 / 654 MHz||498 / 533 MHz||464 / 626 MHz||450 / 512 MHz||494 / 533 MHz||553 MHz||553 MHz||553 MHz|
|L2 Cache||4 MB||4 MB||4 MB||4 MB||4 MB||4 MB||1 MB||4 MB||4 MB||1 MB|
|DDR3 Frequency||2133 MHz||1600 MHz||1866 MHz||1600 MHz||1866 MHz||1600 MHz||1600 MHz||1600 MHz||1600 MHz||1600 MHz|
— Usman Pirzada (@usmanpirzada) May 29, 2014