AMD: No 20nm GPUs this year

Published: Apr 18th 2014, 17:13 GMT

In case you have been wondering why have I not posted anything about the GTX 880 and Pirate Islands leaks, is because most of it was complete nonsense.

So far we do not know when AMD’s Pirate Islands will be released. Not only that, it is unclear whether new series will utilize smaller node. However, one thing is certain though, smaller fabrication process is not going to happen this year, as Lisa Su confirmed today.

According to the transcript of  Advanced Micro Devices’ CEO Discusses Q1 2014 Results – Earnings Call,  AMD will stick to 28nm process this year. The company is in the process of designing 20nm architecture and it will then move to FinFET 16nm.

Lisa Su – SVP and General Manager of Global Business Units

Sure, Chris. So let me take that and give you a little bit of our thinking.

So in terms of product and technology selection, certainly we need to be at the leading-edge of the technology roadmap. So what we’ve said in the past is certainly this year all of our products are in 28-nanometer across both, you know, graphics client and our semi-custom business. We are, you know, actively in the design phase for 20-nanometer and that will come to production. And then clearly we’ll go to FinFET. So that would be the progression of it.

Lisa Su – SVP and General Manager of Global Business Units

David, I think what I said earlier sort of what we’re doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter. So that’s the overall product portfolio.


What it basically means is that there won’t be any Radeon 20nm graphics cards this year. In fact, I highly doubt NVIDIA has plans for 20nm this year too.

In my opinion AMD will just refresh it’s high-end products in few months (Radeon 295X ?), leaving R9 300 for something other than next 28nm series.

What are your thoughts?

Source: Seeking Alpha

Many thanks to Alatar for the tip!

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