Tuesday, April 20th 2010

AMD to Switch to GlobalFoundries with 28 nm GPUs

With AMD's next generation of graphics processors, the company plans to, at one point, switch its GPU manufacturing from its present Taiwan-based foundry partners such as TSMC and UMC, to GlobalFoundaries, its erstwhile own manufacturing division. From 40 nm, graphics processors are expected to jump to 28 nm as the next manufacturing process standard. GlobalFoundries will be ready with a 28 nm High-K metal gate (HKMG) node for making AMD products which are now bulk-manufactured in Taiwan.

During a quarterly conference call with financial analysts, chief executive officer of AMD, Dirk Meyer said "The first intersection of our AMD GPUs and GlobalFoundries are on the 28nm. We haven’t been public with respect to any timing there." GlobalFoundries is said to have two principal kinds of 28 nm nodes, the 28nm-HP (High Performance) node makes complex chips such as GPUs, game console chips, storage controllers, networking and media encoding, while the 28nm-SLP (Super Low Power) is used for less complex devices, particularly intended to be low-power, for portable devices, such as baseband, application processors, and other handheld functions. In 2011, AMD is expected to release its next-generation of GPUs in a series codenamed "Northern Islands".Source: X-bit Labs
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38 Comments on AMD to Switch to GlobalFoundries with 28 nm GPUs

#1
BazookaJoe
Lead the way ATI - nVidia has clearly given up the GPU race entirely...
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kuroikenshi
BazookaJoe said:
Lead the way ATI - nVidia has clearly given up the GPU race entirely...
Oh you don't have to say that. I have been with ATI for a while but both companies have their time. It's good that ATI has come out ahead because NVIDIA is going to have to get off their asses and come up with something better.

I am sure that the positions will reverse again and someone will say the exact same thing but about ATI.

As for the 28nm portion, what's going to happen when we reach the limit on how small we can get with cilicon? Were are our dylithium crystals?! :laugh:
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BazookaJoe
kuroikenshi said:
Oh you don't have to say that. I have been with ATI for a while but both companies have their time. It's good that ATI has come out ahead because NVIDIA is going to have to get off their asses and come up with something better.

I am sure that the positions will reverse again and someone will say the exact same thing but about ATI.

As for the 28nm portion, what's going to happen when we reach the limit on how small we can get with cilicon? Were are our dylithium crystals?! :laugh:
:)
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#4
HillBeast
Looks like it will be good. If TSMC goes for something along those lines in the near future then I can see Fermi getting a 28/20nm revision soon which may make it actually a usable card and not just a monster. As for ATI, it will be good to get more performance above what we already get from the 5870 and if the guess about it being released in 2011 is accurate then I can see the 6870 (or whatever it will be called) pwning. Lets just hope ATI doesn't do anything silly to the chips to make them not as awesome as Cypress.
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#5
laszlo
i think semiconductor era is coming to end soon;in 5-10 years they'll reach the smallest fab. nod and what after??;already we have the quantum-optical designs from a few years in research ,time will tell
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#6
Relayer
laszlo said:
i think semiconductor era is coming to end soon;in 5-10 years they'll reach the smallest fab. nod and what after??;already we have the quantum-optical designs from a few years in research ,time will tell
Nanotechnology?
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#7
HillBeast
laszlo said:
i think semiconductor era is coming to end soon;in 5-10 years they'll reach the smallest fab.
I've been thinking that for a while. Lets hope they do have something clever saved up. Heres to hoping quantum computing will be around the corner...
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happita
Relayer said:
Nanotechnology?
It will eventually go something like this...

Skynet will eventually start running the show and people of the future will have neurokinetic processors embedded in their brains a la The Terminator :laugh:

Or you could go the route of Deus Ex, but thats more conspiracy-ish
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Good news, moving over quicker than expected.
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NC37
I caught an article a few months back, I think, that they had already found a material better than silicon to use for computer boards. Theoretically with peak speeds in the 100Ghz range I believe. Man I wish I could remember what it was called. They were just starting dev on it and was showing promising results. Didn't expect it to make it to market for years tho.
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HillBeast
happita said:
Skynet will eventually start running the show and people of the future will have neurokinetic processors embedded in their brains a la The Terminator :laugh:
Well IBMs building another super computer based on POWER7 so I think we may be on our way to building Skynet already :laugh:

NC37 said:
I caught an article a few months back, I think, that they had already found a material better than silicon to use for computer boards. Theoretically with peak speeds in the 100Ghz range I believe. Man I wish I could remember what it was called. They were just starting dev on it and was showing promising results. Didn't expect it to make it to market for years tho.
I can see though that if they manage to build a chip with this magical stuff then the rest of the computer won't be able to handle it, such as the motherboard. If the chip is at something like 100GHz (or even 10GHz for that matter), the copper in the motherboard won't be able to handle those sorts of speeds and the QPI/HT/FSB/whatever your chip uses will bottleneck it (or catch fire). Anyone else reckon Gigabyte will start making 20oz copper core for this?
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#12
Steevo
GPU's are strained silicon, CPU's are SOI, if a GPU made the transition it could clock much higher but cost about the same as a CPU for just the die, so a board with memory could cost much more.


But there are more items to taint silicon with to get the characteristics they want out of it. But the process of refining them to the useable point is what takes time.
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FilipM
NC37 said:
I caught an article a few months back, I think, that they had already found a material better than silicon to use for computer boards. Theoretically with peak speeds in the 100Ghz range I believe. Man I wish I could remember what it was called. They were just starting dev on it and was showing promising results. Didn't expect it to make it to market for years tho.
If im not mistaken that material is Grafine, a derivate from Grafite
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