http://wccftech.com/amd-hd7000-southern-islands-series-gpus-revealed-catalyst-117/27899/ Based on the info above. It seems that VLIW4 only survived one generation. Now GCN (graphic core next) is the new core design. Considering VLIW5 survived 4 generations (2xxx to 5xxx), ATI is really on the move again. Seems to me, the ATI team in AMD are the creative ones and the ones bringing on the profits. Their CPU team is very slow in pumping out new stuff. Thats why the focus appears to be more GPU orientated. I really look forward to see an APU and HD7970 working as one. Things like direct compute or OpenCL can be done on the APU with great efficiency (even more efficient that discrete GPU). Then let the powerful HD7970 do the graphics to produce blazing framerate. fingers cross that AMD and ATI can pull this off.