AMD is still closely guarded a secret from the public keeps all information about the plans of the GPU for next year, but during the last interview with Forbes, Chief Architect at Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, revealed some information. During the conversation Koduri confirmed that in the next year AMD will expand its offer with two new Graphics cards, based on the new Generation of GCN architecture, using a new production FinFET process, as well as new GPUs will offer increased performance per watt consumed, which AMD promised in a slide presentation during the Financial Analyst Day 2015.
Raja Koduri promised two brand new GPUs in 2016
Raja Koduri admittedly did not submit information on the specifications and purpose of these two all-new graphics cards, but based on previously presented materials we can say that new GPU will be the flagship GPUs based on new chips, codenamed “Arctic Islands,” will leverage cutting edge 10 nm-class FinFET silicon fab technology.
In the next-Gen of Radeon graphics cards, AMD can re-use the already available GPU chip. That could be refreshed and go to the “Radeon 400” series? For now there are two options for AMD, we are talking about Fiji and Tonga. Currently, it can be assumed that the most likely candidate is Fiji. We know from experience that the mass production of new GPU core is a typical process and not all units can operate to a certain specification and parameters. Fiji in the new series of Radeon will return with minor changes (With the increased clock) or in the form of a truncated GPU designed for the lower price segment respectively.
It is possible that the new flagship GPUs apply the same strategy of HBM2 memory chips. With previous rumors indicated that the most powerful version of the successor of Fiji will be equipped with 32 GB of memory in a single housing with the GPU. New silicon core is supposed to consist of up to 18 billion transistors. If AMD decides to replace the Hawaii and Tonga with new cores (based on the next generation GCN), you may see Tonga this time go to the price segment below 200 dollars, and Hawaii in the new version will target the budget segment. For now, it is assumed that the next generation of Radeon GPUs will support at least three types of memory – GDDR5, HBM1 and HBM2.
AMD is also looking forward to improve its market position through other measures. First of all, the company spun off Radeon Technologies Group, headed by Raja Koduri already mentioned. In this way, a department dealing with graphics cards is running more efficiently. At the same time AMD wants to increase cooperation with game developers, the effect of which is to ensure the best possible performance for Radeon GPUs. The company had admittedly launched a gaming Evolved program, but NVIDIA program is still successful in the field of cooperation with the computer game industry. Next year, the AMD Gaming Evolved is expected to adopt new goals, and the ultimate goal will be the better cooperation with game developers.
We also know that AMD may soon say goodbye to the brand Calalyst and graphics drivers will be called simply the Radeon Software. Unofficially, it is said that the new driver package, along with a brand new application control (replacing the Catalyst Control Center) will be released in the next month.
AMD has to fight for its share, as NVIDIA has a more distinct advantage in the market dedicated graphics cards. Currently, the share of “Green” in the card market is 81.1%, while AMD Radeon is less than 19%. Next year we’ll see if the AMD Radeon Technologies Groups within the framework of the AMD proves to be an effective solution to take the fight to regain the lost years ago market share.