AMD unveils 2011 GPU roadmap

In addition to the extensive CPU and APU information released yesterday, AMD also found the time to talk graphics at yesterday's Financial Analyst Day. Matt Skynner, general manager of AMD's graphics division, showed roadmaps for both desktop and mobile discrete GPUs.


What's new in that desktop roadmap? AMD's high-end Radeon HD 6990, code-named Antilles, is set for a release next quarter. The Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 cards, both sporting the graphics chip code-named Cayman, are on track to launch by the end of the year.

It's worth noting that the cards are positioned in this slide in order of performance. Apparently, only the very high end of the 6900 series will outdo the existing Radeon HD 5970. At the low end, Turks and Caicos will merely match, and in some cases fall short of, the performance found in today's 5700-series Radeons.

On the mobile GPU front, Skynner said AMD intends to take a "two-prong" approach to each market segment—something clearly indicated in the chart above. Skynner explained that having high-end and low-end options in each performance class will let AMD raise its average selling prices. Interestingly, the above slide tells us the ultra-high-end Blackcomb chip will be a 40-nm part, but it offers no such information about the rest of the 2011 lineup. Perhaps the color coding hints that not all members of the Vancouver series will be based on the same fab process.

On a related note, while discussing AMD's discrete mobile GPU efforts, Skynner claimed that AMD has enjoyed a jump in market share from 24% to 62% over the past couple of years.

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