AMD Polaris 11 May Have 8.6 Billion Transistors, Launching Mid-Year
Internet is currently trying to decrypt the recent Twitter conversation between AMD graphics boss Raja Koduri and Marketing Director Chris Hook. While the tweets from two AMD officials don’t directly mention the transistor count on AMD’s upcoming Polaris 11 chip, they do mention the Capsaicin (chilli pepper’s active component) which could somehow refer to 8.6 billion transistors.
@GFXChipTweeter As I’ve told you 16 million times, nothing less than the 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide-infused Carolina Reaper will do…
— Chris Hook (@GChip) February 18, 2016
If a previous leak is to be believed, Polaris 11 would have 232mm2 die area, which means it will be 2.48 times denser than Fiji. The discrete GPU is designed in 14nm Low-Power Plus (LPP) manufacturing process which brings roughly 15 per cent improvement over 14LPE (Lower-Power Early) process in performance and power efficiency.
Another tweet, this time from AMD Corporate VP Alliances Roy Taylor, showcased a shelf fully stacked with what appears to be console-sized Falcon Northwest Tiki PCs.
— Roy Taylor (@Roy_techhwood) February 19, 2016
The RTG-themed systems in the photo are likely the same Radeon R9 Fury X2 powered computer that was demoed at VRLA Winter Expo keynote. Back then, Taylor revealed that the Fury X2, codenamed “Gemini,” will boast of around 12 TFLOP of Single Precision compute performance. Other technical specs of the Fury X2 are:
- Dual Fiji XT GPU
- 8192 Stream Processor
- 8GB HBM (2x 4GB)
- 4096-bit Bus x2
- 128 ROP
- 512 TMU
- Bandwidth of 1 TB / s
- Liquid Cooling
As for the launch, Robert Hallock, the head of Global Technical Marketing at AMD, has confirmed that Polaris architecture will debut ‘mid-year’, which could mean either June or July.
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