Bright Side of News claims the first DirectX 11 cards from ATI won't be much more than slightly updated versions of the current RV7x0 series. The site also heard ATI will switch its GPU production to Globalfoundries in the first half of 2010. The GPU maker will reportedly skip 32nm and jump directly to Globalfoundries' 28nm process.
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".