AMD Ryzen & Radeon Power Walter The Humanoid In Alien: Covenant

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Mar 10, 2017
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The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Sci-Fi epic Alien Covenant unveils Walter, a synthetic humanoid powered by AMD Ryzen & Radeon. The new film is set for release on May 19th, right around when AMD is expected to launch its next generation Vega based Radeon GPUs. Including the Radeon Instinct artificial intelligence accelerators.

Ryzen & Radeon Breath Life Into Walter The Humanoid

In the Alien universe, Walter is a “Synthetic” companion built by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Each synthetic humanoid is tailor made to serve the needs of its individual owner. Powering it all is an AMD heterogeneous computing chip featuring Ryzen and Radeon technology.

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Late last year AMD revealed its all new family of Radeon Instinct accelerators for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The most advanced and powerful accelerator in the new family of chips features Radeon’s next generation Vega 10 GPU with 25 TFLOPS of computing power. Four of these chips together create the Vega Cube, an apple sized accelerator with equivalent computational power to the human brain. The all new Vega Architecture is quite revolutionary, we’ve detailed all aspects of the new GPU design in our Vega architectural deep-dive article here.

The latest Alien Covenant trailer may be the most fun teaser by AMD yet but not the first we’ve seen for Vega. Back in February the company teased Vega in a game preview of Prey, the upcoming Sci-Fi first person shooter from publisher Bethesda. The company revealed that the new title will be optimized for its Ryzen CPUs and Vega GPUs.

Prey poster with Vega teaser via PCGamesHardware.de

Interestingly enough Prey, just like Alien : Covenant, is also set to come out in May. The company has yet to announce Vega’s launch date and its statement regarding availability remains “Q2 2017”. But just in case you didn’t take the hint the first AMD has came back with another Vega teaser associated with something that’s coming out in May.

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AMD Vega Lineup

Graphics Card Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX Vega Frontier Edition Radeon Vega Pro Radeon RX Vega (Gaming) Radeon RX Vega Pro Duo
GPU Fiji XT Polaris 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 2x Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET
Stream Processors 4096 2304 4096 3584 4096 (?) Up to 8192
Performance 8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
~13 TFLOLPS
~25 (FP16) TFLOPS
11 TFLOLPS
22 (FP16) TFLOPS
>13 TFLOLPS
>25 (FP16) TFLOPS
TBA
TBA
Memory 4GB HBM 8GB GDDR5 16GB HBM2 TBA TBA TBA
Memory Bus 4096-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 4096-bit
Bandwidth 512GB/s 256GB/S 480GB/S 400GB/S TBA TBA
TDP 275W 150W TBA TBA TBA TBA
Launch 2015 2016 June 2017 June 2017 July 2017 TBA

Vega Architecture Key Features

– 4x Power Efficiency
– 2x Peak Throughput/Performance Per Clock
– High Bandwidth Cache
– 2x Bandwidth per pin
– 8x Capacity Per stack (2nd Generation High Bandwidth Memory)
– 512TB Virtual Address Space
– Next Generation Compute Engine
– Next Generation Pixel Engine
– Next Generation Compute Unit optimized for higher clock speeds
– Rapid Packed Math
– Draw Stream Binning Rasterizer
– Primitive Shaders

You can read about the Vega architecture in full detail here.

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