In the next year, AMD plans to introduce a new generation of graphics cards based on 14nm/16nm FinFET. A new series of consumer grade GPUs will provide twice the performance compared to the current Radeon chips based on 28nm. Previously Chief Architect at Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri promised two brand new GPUs in 2016 and now we know that AMD’s next-Gen flagship GPUs codenamed is Vega10.
AMD’s Next Generation Arctic Islands GPUs Are Actually Codenamed Vega10 – Coming in 2016
Let’s go over the codenames we know so far. In the list of future AMD graphics cards, Greenland occupies the peak position, means flagship GPUs will be based on it. The other two graphics processors, Ellesmere and Baffin, individuals supposedly designed for GPUs with high and medium price segment. We also know that these GPUs recently taped out, as revealed by an exec’s linkedin profile.
We are now adding another codename to the mix – namely “Vega10”. Ellesmere and Baffin have been mentioned close together in AMD’s internal documents and Vega10 has been mentioned similarly alongside Greenland. This leads us to believe that Vega10 might be a derivative or a superlative of the Greenland die.
It could also be a power efficient version of the same (rather like the R9 Nano). One thing is for sure, ‘Ellesmere/Baffin’ and ‘Vega10/Greenland’ will target different market segments.
The same source indicates that in 2016 and 2017, AMD will focus on the ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and software. Means new initiatives on the market of professional products, while also further refine the currently available software and we have already seen implementation with the announcement of Crimson edition AMD Radeon Software.
Lastly, it looks like AMD will be giving special attention to power saving in the next generation – an initiative, it started with Tonga, continued with the R9 Nano and will probably perfect with the FinFET generation of GPUs. This may suggest that in the next generation of Radeons we might see R9 Fury Nano type Graphics cards. AMD is satisfied with the vision of the transition to application programming interfaces of DirectX 12 and Vulkan. Both low-level API to be important for the future success of the Radeon and FirePros in the long run.