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AMD Won't Be Selling 20 nm GPUs This Year

Recently, we heard a rumor that there likely wouldn't be any 20 nm GPUs from Nvidia this year. Now, it seems that the same applies to AMD.

The meeting in which the information came to light was about AMD's finances, but a couple of details about AMD's future plans also came up. AMD's Senior Vice President Lisa Su indicated that AMD is working on designing 20 nm GPUs, but they won't be arriving this year.

"So what we've said in the past is certainly this year all of our products are in 28-nanometer across both, you know, graphics client and our semi-custom business. We are, you know, actively in the design phase for 20-nanometer and that will come to production. And then clearly we'll go to FinFET. So that would be the progression of it."

"I think what I said earlier sort of what we're doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter."

It is not clear what this means for the graphics market. Expecting 20 nm chips to hit shelves this year still might have been a bit ambitious. Whether AMD is working on another generation of graphics hardware based on the 28 nm lithographic process is unclear, but it is possible that the Rx 300 series of cards, or at least the introductory cards, will still be based on the 28 nm fabrication. This is simply a thought though, so do be sure to take that with a grain of salt.

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  • AMD Radeon
    Nooo

    but AMD please spoil something new for us, like nvidia did with gtx 750 ti
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  • sha7bot
    Did AMD give a timeline for FinFET? Will they be using Global Foundries for this? Why is Intel not using this, but instead working on 14nm via Tri-Gate? Moar info!!
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  • sha7bot
    Did AMD give a timeline for FinFET? Will they be using Global Foundries for this? Why is Intel not using this, but instead working on 14nm via Tri-Gate? Moar info!!

    Guess I should do some research before I post... Tri-Gate is Intel's version of FinFET. So AMD is will be three or four generations behind when they finally manufacture on it.
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  • memadmax
    Sooooo...

    Just do what intel does and take the same die design and shrink it onto the 20nm process and pray for a successful hail mary...
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  • The fab process is not the only path to better products. I'm sure between now and then, especially with the onset of Mantel and DX12, both AMD and Nvidia would be offering competitive offerings with more features and improved thermal/power efficiency.
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  • aggroboy
    Did AMD give a timeline for FinFET? Will they be using Global Foundries for this? Why is Intel not using this, but instead working on 14nm via Tri-Gate? Moar info!!
    If anything, it seems like AMD may skip planar 20nm and wait for FinFET.
    Reply
  • Shankovich
    gg TSMC
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  • DookieDraws
    A lot of PC gamers are saddened by the delay of AMD's and NVIDIA's newest cards. What a shame!



    Reply
  • de5_Roy
    amd should ask ibm, they have a working 22nm soi process that's producing the new power cpu.... :whistle:
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  • CaptainTom
    The only correct response to news like this is :(
    Reply