AMD to beat NVIDIA to 28nm GPUs in 2011

/ 5 years ago

AMD seems to be set to ship its first 28nm GPUs in late 2011, probably ahead of NVIDIA. The news has been broken by interim CEO Thomas Seifert by saying that AMD would be at the forefront of the transition to 28nm.

“We have working silicon in-house and remain on-track to deliver the first members of what we expect will be another industry-leading GPU family to market later this year,” he said.

Seifert pointed out that AMD’s 28nm GPUs (codenamed Kepler) will be based on bulk process technology, in theory, both TSMC and Globalfoundries will be able to produce them. However, both foundries are different and the chip would have to be redesigned for each partner.

AMD VP Rick Bergman spoke out and said the new 28nm GPU series should have a significant effect on AMD’s revenue, similar to the first DirectX 11 cards.

More than two years ago, AMD pioneered 40nm technology with the launch of the HD 4770, but the transition to 28nm has been pushed back due to less demand due to the ‘economic downturn’. As such the 40nm process will be one of the most enduring production processes in the graphics industries’ recent history.

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  • Eternalchaos

    From what I heard AMD are going to be using a different 28nm process to what they planned because the 28nm HKMG high-performance process had some problems and was push back to Q1 2012 which is the same thing Nvidia are using for kepler. Thats why AMD can release it faster :rolleyes:

  • SJTelford

    Yeh, I did a news article on NVIDIA not able to make 28nm kal el (Tegra 3) a while back:NVIDIA Can't make 28nm Kal-El Tegra 3 – eTeknix.comAMD have changed from their original plans, but have stuck with 28nm whereas NVIDIA backed out and went back to 40nm….AMD have already got 28nm silicon dies produced so they look like they will win.

  • Grim_Reaper

    I other words, this is a challenge between AMD and nVidia. And where is a challenge there's a price drop. Anyway, today's GPUs are dying morally faster, than physically. Let's hope this techprocess rush won't have impact on quality and quantity.