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AMD desktop and notebook roadmaps until 2011 revealed

Posted on Monday, November 02 2009 @ 19:26:46 CET by

VR Zone found two slides that detail AMD's plans for the notebook and desktop PC market until 2011.

Next year AMD will introduce the six-core Thuban processors, these chips are rumored to arrive in the second quarter, along with the 800 series chipsets. For mainstream systems we can expect the launch of Dorado, these chips will come with up to four cores. The site speculates we may see a 32nm shrink of the Evergreen GPU in 2010, but the roadmap doesn't really go into the details.

In 2011 we can expect the Scorpius, these chips are based on the next-gen 32nm Bulldozer architecture and will have over four cores. For mainstream systems AMD has the Lynx, this 32nm chip is based on Fusion project and features a 32nm integrated graphics core on the same die. Rumor has it that this GPU may be based on Evergreen. The slide also reveals Northern Islands, a next-gen 32nm GPU that will debut in 2011.

Danube will be introduced in 2010, this new notebook platform will feature quad-core CPUs and also interesting is that AMD is cooking up some 32nm "Manhattan" GPUs, these chips are reportedly codenamed Park, Madison and Broadway. The bad news is that these chips will not have DX11 support, they'll stick with the DX10.1 support of the current generation. It appears we may have to wait until 2011 for the first DX11 "Northern Islands" notebook GPUs from AMD:
The biggest surprise is the 2010 GPU. The rumoured codenames were Park, Madison and Broadway. These happen to be famous avenues in Manhattan, so the Manhattan family codename fits in well. However, notice the fab process - 32nm! Manhattan was widely rumoured to be straight derivatives of desktop 40nm Evergreen GPUs. Even more surprising is that it appears the DX10.1 from M9x carries on into Manhattan. Barring typos and confusing slide designs, these are both major surprises. It would appear Manhattan is not a 40nm Evergreen based GPU, but rather a 32nm M9x shrink, something that seems very unlikely. We will look out for clarification on this information.
Fusion will enter notebooks in 2011 with Sabine and Brazos, the latter one is a low-voltage platform that seems to be made at 40nm. Systems based on these platforms promise significantly better battery life than current designs.



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