AMD Vega 11 GPUs Entering Production, Vega 20 Coming On 7nm

Sep 8, 2017

AMD has reportedly contracted manufactures to begin the production and packaging of its next generation Vega 11 graphics chips. The orders were placed with GlobalFoundries and Siliconware Precision Industries, reports DIgitimes.

Packaging specialist SPIL, which has already obtained orders for AMD’s Vega 10-series chips, will continue to hold the majority of backend orders for the Vega 11 series, the sources noted.

GlobalFoundries will produce the wafers for AMD using 14nm LPP technology and SPIL will handle the packaging and integration of the GPU and HBM dies.

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Looking further out in time, AMD’s next generation high-end Vega 20 AI & Supercomuting general purpose graphics chips will allegedly be made at TSMC, rather than GlobalFoundires. This is to take advantage of TSMC’s cutting edge 7nm process technology, which is expected to enter volume production sometime next year. Earlier reports indicated that Vega 20 would indeed be made on 7 nanometer technology, but that it would be manufactured at GlobalFoundries. It appears that AMD might choose to go with whichever foundry is able to deliver volume production first.

AMD’s Vega 11 & Vega 20 GPUs

Vega 11 is a mid-range part based on AMD’s new graphics architecture. It’s expected to replace Polaris 10/20 and the RX 580/570 graphics cards and is rumored to feature HBM2 technology rather than GDDR5. Digitimes’ report adds credence to this, as SPIL specializes in packaging HBM2 based GPUs.

Vega 20 is going to be the highest end part from AMD’s Vega family, at least that we know of right now. This GPU will go into future Radeon Instinct accelerators, feature 32GB of HBM2 memory and is believed to feature fully unlocked double precision compute. Vega 20 is aimed squarely at NVIDIA’s Volta V100 accelerator to address the growing AI and machine learning markets.
GPU Polaris 10 Vega 10 Vega 11 (Mobile) Vega 20
Year 2016 2017 2018 2018
Graphics Card RX 480, 470 Vega FE, 64, 56 TBA (Vega 24,20) TBA
Process 14LPP 14LPP 14LPP/12LP 7nm
Transistors In Billions 5.7 12 TBA TBA
Stream Processors 2304 4096 1536 4096 (rumored)
Performance 5.8 TFLOPS Up To 13 TFLOPS TBA 12+ TFLOPS
TDP 150W Up To 290W TBA ~150W
Memory 8GB GDDR5 Up To 16GB HBM2 4GB HBM2 32GB HBM2
Memory Bus 256bit 2048bit 1024bit TBA
PCI Express 3.0 3.0 3.0 4.0
Bandwidth 256 GB/s 484 GB/s TBA 1 Terabyte/s