AMD Reveals CPU and GPU Roadmaps
AMD has just revealed its plans for its future products during its annual Financial Analyst Day. The roadmaps revealed show the plans for its CPUs as well as its GPUs, some of which may surprise you. On the processor front, it looks like almost every single chip will have a DirectX11 class GPU embedded which means the Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit is for much more than just laptops. Also revealed is that Bulldozer won't be just for desktops and Bobcat won't be just for laptops. Small form factor desktops will be running off a Bobcat core, the Ontario and Zacate APUs in 2011 and the Krishna APUs in 2012. Also in 2012 will be the Bulldozer-based Trinity APUs for notebooks as well as the Bobcat-based Krishna and Wichita APUs. The Bulldozer-based ones will be for performance and mainstream notebooks while the Bobcat ones will be for everything else, including tablets. For the performance oriented desktop users, 2012 will see the release of the next generation Bulldozer-based Komodo CPUs which will pack eight cores and a DirectX11 GPU on the same die. If you're wondering, the Trinity and Komodo processors will be 32nm and the Krishna and Wichita ones will be 28nm.
On the video card side, the first quarter of 2011 will see the release of the HD 6990 which will be the dual GPU replacement for the current HD 5970. The HD 6970 and 6950 will see a release by the end of this year and then what appears to be a refresh in the first quarter of 2011, the same with the HD 6870 and 6850. What's more is that the Turks and Caicos cards will see a release in the first quarter as well, though no nomenclature was given for those other than the codename. There are also notebook versions planned for 2011, but those are mostly just codenames right now. It seems we won't have to wait much longer to see what AMD can bring to the table in the high-end segment for desktops.