Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2011 - 11:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TSMC, southern islands, northern islands, llano, global foundries, arm, amd, 40nm, 32nm, 28nm
Back in April there was a kerfuffle in the news about a deal penned between AMD, Global Foundries and TSMC. It is not worth repeating completely as you can follow the story by using the previous link, suffice to say that it did not indicate problems with the relationship between AMD and Global Foundries.
The previous post was specifically about 40nm and 32nm process chips, however today we hear from DigiTimes that TSMC has scored a deal with AMD for the 28nm Southern Islands APUs of which we have seen much recently. The 40nm Northern Islands GPUs will also be produced by TSMC. That leaves a lot of production capabilities free at Global Foundries to work on ARM processors.
"AMD reportedly has completed the tape-out of its next-generation GPU, codenamed Southern Islands, on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process with High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The chip is set to expected to enter mass produciton at the end of 2011.
TSMC will also be AMD's major foundry partner for the 28nm Krishna and Wichita accelerated processing units (APUs), with volume production set to begin in the first half of 2012, the report said.
TSMC reportedly contract manufactures the Ontario, Zacate and Desna APUs for AMD as well as the Northern Island family of GPUs. All of these use the foundry's 40nm process technology.
TSMC was quoted as saying in previous reports that it had begun equipment move-in for the phase one facility of a new 12-inch fab (Fab 15) with volume production of 28nm technology products slated for the fourth quarter of 2011. The foundry previously said it would begin moving equipment into the facility in June, with volume production expected to kick off in the first quarter of 2012."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ARM acquires Obsidian Software @ The Inquirer
- Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build @ The Register
- Sega Hacked @ XSReviews
- Tablets of 2011: What to Look For - June Update @ TechSpot
- A few thoughts on Ultrabooks @ The Tech Report
- Dsabling Windows Pagefile & Hibernation to Reclaim SSD Space @ Techgage
- Overclockers Benchmarking Party II: Where the Bell Tolls!
- Post Computex 2011 - Part 2 @ Bjorn3D
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 19, 2011 - 10:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: turks, northern islands, gpu, amd
The new Turk based Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 are intended to replace the Redwood-based HD 5670 and HD 5570 at a price of $99 and $79 respectively. The cards are very similar to the cards they replace so you should not expect miracles from them. They do have reduced power draw and are both low profile cards making them a good choice for HTPCs and AnandTech is quick to point out that these are the fastest cards not requiring an external power supply on the market right now.
"Two weeks ago we saw the paper launch of the Radeon HD 6450, the low-end member of AMD’s Northern Islands family of GPUs. It was a solid product for HTPC use and a very notable improvement over the 5450 it replaced, but it was an uncharacteristically delayed launch for AMD. At the same time we noted that the Northern Islands family had one more GPU we had not seen: Turks."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Radeon HD6570 @ Techware Labs
- HIS IceQ X HD 6850 Review @ t-break
- AMD's Sub-$100 Line-up: Radeon HD 6450, 6570 & 6670 Review @ Techgage
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 @ Tweaktown
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 & HD 6570 Review @ Neoseeker
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB & HD 6570 512MB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD Radeon HD 6450 & 6570: The Line-up is Complete @ InsideHW
- AMD Radeon HD 6450 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- XFX's Radeon HD 6950 1GB takes on Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP @ The Tech Report