Rumour: AMD Radeon HD 7000 series to hit early December

Written by Paul Goodhead

October 18, 2011 | 10:31

Tags: #28nm #radeon

Companies: #amd #ati

The Internet is currently abuzz with the suggestion that the first releases from AMD’s Radeon HD 7000 series of GPUs are on course to arrive in the first two weeks of December.

The news broke via German tech site heise online, which cites its sources as naming 6 December specifically for the launch of AMD's new 28nm GPUs.

However, it's not yet known whether these 28nm GPUs will be mobile or desktop chips. AMD has recently shown off working samples of its 28nm mobile GPUs, which are likely to form a part of the company's forthcoming Radeon HD 7000-series line-up. However, the company has so far remained tight-lipped about 28nm desktop GPUs, as well as any architectural changes.

Heise's sources apparently also suggest that supply is going to be very limited at first, as TSMC is allegedly having some difficulties with its 28nm production process.

This, if true, doesn’t surprise us at all, as TSMC had similar problems with its 40nm production process a couple of years back, and ended up skipping the 32nm process altogether.

Still, AMD will have a few months of bragging rights if it can get a few chips based on 28nm silicon out of the door in December, as Nvidia has previously confirmed that it won’t have any new releases this year. Of course, it would also enable AMD to avoid the embarrassing situation of failing to live up to its own roadmap, which promised 28nm silicon in the market in 2011.

Will you be on the lookout for a new GPU later this year to deal with Battlefield 3 at high settings, or will you be waiting until Nvidia releases its new range before making any decisions? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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