No Steamroller in Commercial Products This Year
[08/07/2013 11:10 PM]
by Anton Shilov
Advanced Micro Devices has confirmed that its highly-anticipated Kaveri accelerated processing unit that will features a number of innovations related to general-purpose computing on graphics processing units will not be available this year. It looks like Kaveri will be formally unleashed at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 and then will reach the market in late Q1 or early Q2 next year, which will result in exactly one year delay compared to the original schedule.
Speaking to VR-Zone web-site, Roy Taylor, AMD’s vice president of channel sales, claimed that “AMD never said the launch would be before Christmas” of 2013, and that the next-generation code-named Kaveri accelerated processing unit “would be available shortly after its formal launch at CES”. He then said the “architecture itself was ready to go”, but attributed the delays of the launch to the fact that the “HSA’s marketing not yet being complete”.
With its first two generations of accelerated processing units – Llano and Trinity – the company traditionally aimed early calendar year as a launch window. But then had to delay the chips to mid-year release due to manufacturing and/or logistics issues. The code-named Kaveri APU was supposed to be released in the first half of 2013, based on roadmaps and plans the company communicated to analysts, investors and OEMs in 2012. Back in October, 2012, AMD’s chief executive officer reiterated plans to launch Kaveri in the first half of 2013. Earlier this year the company pledged to deliver Kaveri in late 2013.
As it appears now, AMD has completely redesigned its roadmap and now intends to formally introduce A-series “Kaveri” products at the CES 2014 then to ship it to customers in Q1, just like rumoured several weeks ago. The reasons for a postponement of around a year are unclear, but a major delay is obvious. Given the f