Report: AMD preps Hecatoncheires GPUs for late 2010

— 4:46 PM on October 12, 2009

The new Radeon HD 5800 graphics processors are barely out the door, yet already the rumor mill is grinding away about what's coming next. According to Fudzilla, AMD has settled on a code name for its next-gen GPU family: Hecatoncheires.

A quick visit to Wikipedia shows the name stems from Greek mythology and means "Hundred-Handed Ones." The Hecatoncheires were "three giants of incredible strength and ferocity" that each had 100 hands and 50 heads, and they helped defeat the Titans.

Considering GPUs are essentially massive parallel processors, the name seems pretty fitting. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, though. (Also, the Hecatoncheires were children of Uranus, which could make AMD's code name the butt of many jokes at Nvidia's headquarters.)

Fudzilla says the Hecatoncheires GPU family will appear late next year and will sport a "brand new architecture"—unlike the Evergreen family, which builds upon the previous-gen RV770 design in many ways. You can look forward to three desktop derivatives and three mobile ones. If AMD sticks with its current branding scheme, the new GPUs could be part of a Radeon HD 6000 series.

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