The sales chief at AMD, Henri Richard, claimed in an interview that there are no problems with their R600 GPU but that they want to wait to ship it together with the cheaper RV610 and RV630 parts:
“The R600 will be out in the second quarter. The reason we decided to delay the launch was that we wanted to have a complete DX10-enabled solutions top-to-bottom. A lot of people wrote that the reason it is delayed is because of a problem with the silicon, but there is no problem with the silicon. We are demonstrating it. We can ship it today. But if you think about it, looking at where the market is at, the volumes are going to be in the RV610 and RV630, so it makes sense for us to do a one time launch of the entire family of DX10 enabled products,” said Henri Richard in an interview with Hardware Zone web-site.
According to Mr. Richard, his partners, who had nothing new to show at CeBIT 2007 and who are not receiving a good portion of publicity because of the lack of high-end hardware that could compete against the GeForce 8800-series, agreed that the launch of the R600, RV610 and RV630 would make more sense.
“That meant delaying the R600 for a few weeks, but frankly it doesn’t make a difference in the life cycle of the product and talking with our customers and partners, they felt that it would make a bigger impact with one full launch. So we decided to do that,” Mr. Richard is reported to have said.
The R600 was originally planned for release in Q4 2006 and is now already more than a quarter late. Richard's comments about the R600 smell like bullshit if you ask me.
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Re: AMD: No problems with R600, we can ship 'em today by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 04 2007 @ 14:15:44 CEST
Yeah, a manufacturer with inventory carrying costs and expenses to pay (moreover one like AMD that needs cash badly) decides to push out a launch past quarter end, and when your competitor has a part on the market that is eating your sales up.