Rumours have been going around on the web that AMD may delay the R700 GPU to 2009. This was partially confirmed by a roadmap shown at the firm's analyst day and according to The Tech Report AMD's unwillingness to comment on a possible delay may mean that the GPU is indeed delayed:
n light of this discrepancy, we dropped an AMD PR representative a line on Friday to ask for clarification. Today, AMD got back to us with a message stating simply, "Regarding R700, my contact on the GPU side said that we're not able to comment on unannounced graphics products."
AMD's distinct lack of talkativeness suggests the R700 may indeed have been postponed, despite recent rumors to the contrary. This is bad news for AMD if it's the case, although it may not be as catastrophic as it sounds. AMD's roadmap still leaves room for new and improved R600-series products. Folks expecting next-gen graphics products from AMD in 2008 may have to bide their time, though.