AMD’s Scott Wasson talks about the future of Radeon

Published: 12th Jan 2018, 16:15 GMT   Comments

The discrete desktop GPU market has been somewhat omitted by NVIDIA and AMD at CES2018. 

Vega 10 GPU could go into mobile

Apart from few announcements for the mobile market and long-term GPU architecture roadmap, no details were revealed about future products by Radeon Technologies Group. The RTG is currently focusing on Vega, or more precisely making it available. Scott Wasson, who was interviewed by PC Games Hardware confirmed that the company is now making custom designs a priority, so the shortage of reference cards may be permanent.

Scott refused to more specific about the future Radeon products, but he did mention that next generation, which is Navi, will be available after Vega 7nm (which officially only goes into Radeon Instinct). The sampling starts later this year, but it seems unlikely for actual products to be available in 2018.

Gamers who wish to buy Radeon 600 series cards may need to wait a bit longer. AMD could potentially launch smaller Vega and replace Polaris 10 GPU, or launch Polaris with GDDR6. Whichever option they choose, it has not been confirmed yet. The worst scenario means no Radeon 600 this year.

In the interview, Scott did not confirm or deny the possibility of making discrete mobile Vega 56/64 available for notebook makers. This would allow AMD to enter the high-end gaming notebook market, which has not seen AMD products for quite some time. AMD only confirmed that Vega will launch for discrete mobile market later this year, but judging from the size of the CPU, it’s not a high-end part.

Check the interview for more details.

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