AMD has denied rumours that production of its next-generation Steamroller-based Kaveri accelerated processing units (APUs) has been delayed, claiming the chip is sticking to its originally planned schedule just fine.
Rumours from Taiwanese supply chain sources had previously suggested that Kaveri will be delayed until early 2014
, from AMD's originally-targeted late-2013 schedule. That's something the company has now formally denied, albeit with a caveat or two.
'AMD's ‘Kaveri’ high-performance APU remains on track and will start shipping to customers in Q4 2013,
' an AMD spokesperson has confirmed to bit-tech
, pointing out that this is in-line with guidance provided by the company at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Computex events earlier this year. However, the 'customers' the company is referring to are not, as you might think, end-users, but original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who will be building the chips into their products.
'First public availability in the desktop component channel [for Kaveri will be] very early in Q1 2014,
' the spokesperson admitted. '‘Kaveri’ features up to four ‘Steamroller’ x86 cores, major heterogeneous computing enhancements, and a discrete-level Graphics Core Next (GCN) implementation – AMD’s first high-performance APU to offer GCN,
' the spokesperson continued, before confirming that Kaveri will indeed require a new socket type: '‘Kaveri’ will be initially offered in the FM2+ package for desktop PCs. Mobile ‘Kaveri’ products will be available later in the first half of 2014.
While AMD's news that production is on schedule will come as a relief for fans of the company's heterogeneous APU designs, that they won't be able to get their hands on the next-generation parts until early next year will likely be somewhat disappointing - even if it is, as the spokesperson has claimed, in-line with the company's plans all along.