AMD's 'Southern Islands' gets an official title

👤by Alex Hull Comments 📅02.09.2011 21:59:34

AMD makes it official, no surprises

A GlobalFoundries slide show has shown to the public more information about the upcoming AMD Trinity APUs, set to update the 'Llano' APUs that are already widespread in the market. Code named 'Comal' (for notebooks) and 'Virgo' (for desktops), the new parts make use of new 'Piledriver' (or next-generation Bulldozer) core architecture to provide a 50% increase in gigaflop performance over the existing products.

Whilst this is good news, particularly for the mobile and mainstream markets, the more interesting news for enthusiasts is the mention of AMD 'Radeon HD 7000' series graphics, which finally makes official the nomenclature of the upcoming graphics products. The new GPUs will be a mixture of the existing 40nm process low and mid-range products (most likely produced by GlobalFoundries) and 28nm process for the high end offerings (produced by TSMC). The high end GPUs are set to beat Nvidia to the punch with the 28nm process, amongst news that Nvidia's 'Kepler' GPUs have been delayed. A late 2011 or early 2012 release for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series products is still expected.


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