In order to address concerns of a difficult transition to 28nm, AMD demonstrated its next-generation 28nm GPU at IDF last month. The demo system featured a mobile variant of the next-gen GPU running DiRT 3. At the time, AMD told us to expect the GPU's release later this year. 

Since then there have been rumors of a delay until 2012, but no official update from AMD. I suspect we'll get something to that effect soon enough, but today AMD let us know that it ran another public demonstration of 28nm GPU silicon - this time in Taiwan. The demo was apparently pretty similar to last time: a mobile 28nm GPU running a game. In this case the game was Dragon Age 2, but obviously there are no performance or power details to accompany the announcement. 

AMD didn't provide any more info nor an update on the GPU's release timeframe. As with any major process transition, scaling to be able to produce mass quantities of chips on a new process can be extremely challenging. The move to 28nm is particularly rough because unlike 40nm, AMD didn't have a pipecleaner part to begin its process learnings on. How this impacted overall development remains to be seen.

Source: AMD



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  • JonnyDough - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    +1 this comment. Truth. Reply
  • phaxmohdem - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    ...foreshadowing a 1.21 Gigawatt power requirement? Reply
  • MysteriousAndy - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    Jigga what? Reply
  • fic2 - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Summary: AMD did another demo of a part that has no release date.
    Why is this news?
    Still just trying to fill the void of Bulldozer non-news?
  • formulav8 - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    It still shows that AMD has working silicon.The Lovely NVidia has not shown anything yet.

    Either way, working silicon does say something about AMD's 28nm progress. So it IS at least something to report. Whether its worth your time to read is up to you. You at least felt the urge to complain about Anands post even though the title clearly said that AMD only showed off another public demo of working 28nm silicon. And therefore you could have just skipped over it and not use up any of your time. :\
  • fic2 - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    So, the one piece of working silicon that was working last week is still working this week.

    And your right I shouldn't have bothered. I think I am just going to stop reading tech sites until Oct 12. Hopefully AMD will actually release Bulldozer this time and allow benchmarks.
  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    Okay, so Nvidia should baby-sit every childish customer's feelings with cheerleading about it's future products every minute?

    They've made it clear that their next release won't be for awhile yet, so what's your point? Clearly, some people are going to believe they are being "strung along" if you start talking about a project too early - Bulldozer is a good example. Many companies prefer not to talk about a product until just before a release, and I don't blame them, much as I like to know what's coming down the road.

    In my opinion, there isn't a right or wrong about when you start talking about a product, because some part of your customer base is going to whine and cry no matter what you do. The best thing you CAN do is be accurate and straight-forward with the information you release and any predictions you make.

  • Filiprino - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Stop. Demoing. Release. Damn. Products. Now. Bulldozer. Wink. Wink. Radeon. 7000. Wink. Wink. Reply
  • mino - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - link

    Done as ordered!

    Please go to link below and choose your version:

  • hasu - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Just wondering... So who does not want to see AMD products in working condition? Are they Intel fan boys or are they Intel investors? Do Intel also use GlobalFoundry for any of their production? Do they have any investments in that company? Reply

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