The internal details such as caches and registers will be expanded in order to accommodate DirectX 11 requirements, but the target is to launch DirectX 11 top-to-bottom lineup in time for Holiday shopping frenzy. Radeon HD4800, HD4700 and HD4400 are the base for this line-up, to be manufactured in troubled 40nm process over at TSMC.
Our source was certain that they won't be troubled with nVidia, because they're expecting to see terrible yields for the GT300. "40nm is headache for both them [nVidia] and us". "We don't care, since it won't be long now". I asked what that was all about, and our doubts were confirmed. According to this source, AMD will switch its GPU production to GlobalFoundries in H1 2010, most notably with the launch of 28nm Bulk silicon process. This will be followed with the release of first "native" DirectX 11 architecture by AMD, not the "Radeon HD 4890 with DirectX 11".
ATI's first DX11 cards won't be much more than current cards
Posted on Friday, May 29 2009 @ 22:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck