AMD's next-gen graphics processors may show up in just two months, according to a report by Fudzilla. The rumor site says Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company—the foundry that handles much of the chip production for both AMD's graphics division and Nvidia—is already at the "pilot production" stage for future AMD RV770 graphics processors. Those GPUs are are expected to hit Radeon HD 4000-series graphics cards.
In fact, Fudzilla claims RV770 production is so far along that the chip might be ready in time for an unveiling at the Computex trade show, which is scheduled to take place in Taipei, Taiwan in early June. The GPU might launch "shortly before or after" the show, the site elaborates.
If previous reports about future AMD GPUs are accurate, the RV770 will appear in high-end Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards. Supposedly, the 4850 will run at 850MHz with 512MB of 900MHz GDDR5 memory, while the 4870 will run at 1050MHz with 1GB of 1100MHz GDDR5 RAM. Both models will apparently have 480 stream processors, although we've heard rumors that they may have as many as 800.