AMD says the R600 will be 80nm

We’ve been hearing talk since last month that one of the causes behind the R600’s many delays was that AMD opted to switch to 65nm process technology. However, AMD’s director of marketing for discrete desktop graphics products, Vijay Sharma, has told German site PC Games Hardware a different story. In an interview with Sharma, the site asks how big an advantage using 80nm process technology instead of 90nm presents for the R600. Sharma replies:

Yeah, I think the big advantage that 80 gives you over 90 from a process perspective is transistor density. You just get more and the chip will cost less for a given transistor count than it would at 90.

Later, he adds:

So the choice of 80 was aligned with what we need to deliver and it did give us a cost advantage over 90. So we choose to go that way.

He eventually drives the point home by specifying that the R600 won’t be AMD’s first 80nm part—indeed, AMD’s existing 80nm lineup includes such cards as the Radeon X1950 Pro, which came out in October last year. (Thanks to TR regular Shintai for the tip.)

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    • IntelMole
    • 12 years ago

    May I add to this by saying:

    If the delay of the R600 isn’t because of the move to 65, then pray tell b[

      • green
      • 12 years ago

      working vista drivers?
      everyone else still seem to be writing theirs…….

    • green
    • 12 years ago

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    • JSchwetz
    • 12 years ago

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      • SPOOFE
      • 12 years ago

      I was about to post a comment along your same lines. His Big Words Of Wisdom will come as a surprise only to the sorts of people who don’t care… whereas the only people that will even read those sentences without glazed-over eyes are the people for whom his words are basic, common knowledge…

      Let’s hear it for spokesholes!

    • Bensam123
    • 12 years ago

    Is it just me or does it get confusing when they start talking about fabs and playing the AMD/ATI name game?

    “He eventually drives the point home by specifying that the R600 won’t be AMD’s first 80nm part—indeed, AMD’s existing 80nm lineup includes such cards as the Radeon X1950 Pro, which came out in October last year.”

    The fab refrence could refer to GPUs or CPUs, although I have yet to see a 80nm CPU from AMD.

    -_-

    • JoshMST
    • 12 years ago

    I like how he never actually said, “R600 is 80 nm”. It really reminds me of David Kirk saying, “We think that it is too early for a unified architecture.”

      • BRiT
      • 12 years ago

      I dont see how anyone could have been confused about what process technology was being used. The only portion of the lineup that was said to be 65nm are the RV610 and RV630. If anyone thought the flagship processor R600 was going to be 65nm, I have some real-estate I’m willing to sell you.

        • SPOOFE
        • 12 years ago

        Well, I think when some people think of the super-high-end – like you said, the “flagship” – they associate it with the bestest of the bestest… down to the transister process. I think it’s a pretty understandable mistake.

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    Where the hell is the gear? STALKER is choking my old 7900GT…

    • Shintai
    • 12 years ago

    Now we just need to see a retail product….still.

      • eitje
      • 12 years ago

      LOL!

      You only sent the news in so that you could post that! X-D

        • Shintai
        • 12 years ago

        Only posted it on the forum đŸ™‚

    • Jigar
    • 12 years ago

    r[

      • Logan[TeamX]
      • 12 years ago

      I was expecting “Thanks to Loyal TR troll Shintai for not flaming AMD”.

        • Shintai
        • 12 years ago

        Look who is trolling again…

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 12 years ago

          he’s pointing out the speck in your eye, with a beam in his.
          If everyone just stopped trolling, it wouldn’t be an issue anymore.

    • Shark
    • 12 years ago

    He didn’t even answer the question. :/

      • dmitriylm
      • 12 years ago

      Did you expect anything more?

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