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.