AMD refuses to comment on potential R700 delay

In its 2007 financial analyst day presentation last week, AMD indirectly hinted that its R700 graphics processor might be postponed until 2009. The company posted a roadmap that said its 2008 enthusiast platform, code-named Leo, would feature graphics cards based on the existing R600-series architecture. The next-gen R700 was only listed as part of the Leo Refresh platform, which AMD’s roadmap positioned for launch in early 2009.

This new roadmap very much contrasted with the one from AMD’s July technology analyst day presentation, which said Leo would arrive in 2008 with R700-series graphics. In light of this discrepancy, we dropped an AMD PR representative a line on Friday to ask for clarification. Today, AMD got back to us with a message stating simply, "Regarding R700, my contact on the GPU side said that we’re not able to comment on unannounced graphics products."

AMD’s distinct lack of talkativeness suggests the R700 may indeed have been postponed, despite recent rumors to the contrary. This is bad news for AMD if it’s the case, although it may not be as catastrophic as it sounds. AMD’s roadmap still leaves room for new and improved R600-series products. Folks expecting next-gen graphics products from AMD in 2008 may have to bide their time, though.

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    • Brian27
    • 12 years ago

    If there is a delay which I am guessing is true and he speaks out on it. AMD stock will continue to plummet. If it was goodnews, they would more likely talk about it and hope that the good news would raise their stock in hopes of profit.

    • Voldenuit
    • 12 years ago

    It’s always possible AMD is just keeping its cards close to its chest.

    Remember when nvidia parroted the “unified shaders aren’t neccessary yet” line for months, and then suddenly unveiled the 8800 GTX? It caught everyone, including ATI, by surprise. No one expected them to introduce a unified part before ATI, who had a (perceived) comfortable lead on the technology from their prior work on Xenos. There is a strategic advantage to keeping your secrets just that.

    Although considering the endless slew of bad news from the AMD camp these days, it might be foolishly optimistic to hope for the best. And considering how much AMD was trumping ATI at Analyst Day, you’d think they’d definitely bring up R700 if they had anything to crow about.

    • PRIME1
    • 12 years ago

    Well that blows.

    I hope this is not the anchor that drags down the ship.

    I wonder how much AMD actually knew about the state of the R600\R700 prior to making the purchase.

    Or did they just buy the package open it up and go #$%@

    • Vrock
    • 12 years ago

    That just means they have to drop prices to stay competitive. Good news for those looking to pick up a midrange DX 10 graphics card on the cheap.

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      I’m waiting for a $150 3850-512

    • cegras
    • 12 years ago

    AMD’s distinct lack of talkativeness suggests the R700 may indeed have been postponed

    distinct lack of talkativeness suggests the R700 may indeed have been postponed

    distinct lack of talkativeness suggests the R700


    • pluscard
    • 12 years ago

    §[<<]§ Legit reviews says Sisoft Sandra was only using one memory controller per package, when the Phenom has 4 controllers, rendering all previous benchmarks invalid. Apparently the news isn't all bad for AMD.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 12 years ago

    I’m glad they bought ATI. CPU + GPU = excellent innovations or bankruptcy.

      • Nitrodist
      • 12 years ago

      Go big or go home!

    • thanatos355
    • 12 years ago

    Am I ever glad AMD didn’t buy nVidia!

      • Sargent Duck
      • 12 years ago

      And am I ever sad AMD did by ATI

        • Flying Fox
        • 12 years ago

        So perhaps Intel is doing us a favour for finally sinking real R&D into serious graphics power? To keep the competition alive? 🙂

      • kilkennycat
      • 12 years ago

      nVidia would have laughed in AMD’s management faces. The lowest acquisition price that nV would even have sniffed at would have been on the wrong side of $10billion….

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