AMD may launch its next-generation RV770 graphics processor next quarter after all. We first heard about the possible schedule from a rumor on a German site, which said RV770-powered Radeon HD 4800 cards were coming out in June. Another site later posted a photo of a 4800-series board, suggesting the upcoming products could indeed be relatively far along.
Today, DigiTimes quotes sources at graphics card manufacturers that say AMD has informed them of plans to release RV770-based graphics processors in the second quarter. AMD reportedly says that, thanks to the upcoming GPUs, it foresees a gain in discrete graphics market share from 35% today to 50% by the end of the year. According to a report posted yesterday by Jon Peddie Research, AMD's slice of the discrete desktop graphics card pie actually dipped to around 29% in the fourth quarter of last year.
DigiTimes also relates information about other aspects of AMD's roadmap for the near future, including word that motherboard manufacturers expect to receive samples of the chipmaker's first 45nm processors by August or September. The 45nm chips, they say, have already entered engineering verification testing. That schedule is consistent with AMD's official plans to ship 45nm processors in the second half of the year, not to mention recent rumors that suggest 45nm Phenoms and Opterons could roll out as early as the third quarter.