AMD demos 7nm GPU

Chip designer claims the new 7nm process is twice as dense as its 14nm process

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AMD demos 7nm GPU Su says AMD plans to bring the new process to consumer GPUs.
By  Manda Banda Published  July 12, 2018

Chip designer AMD recently demoed the first 7nm GPU die at Computex 2018.

Dr Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD displayed the vendor's first 7nm GPU die at Computex 2018 and said the package is complemented by 32GB of HBM2 memory and drops into the company's new Radeon Instinct Vega GPUs.

AMD said it designed the Instinct cards to capture the exploding data centre AI and machine learning market.

Su added that the company plans to bring the new process to consumer GPUs in the future but didn't specify if the new gaming graphics card would feature the Vega architecture.

David Wang senior vice president of engineering for the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) at AMD also announced that the company is striving to produce a new graphics product every year for the next three years, which bodes well for a consumer graphics market that has become somewhat stagnant in terms of recently released high-end graphics cards.

AMD is currently sampling the 7nm Vega GPU to its channel partners and will launch it to the general market in the second half of 2018. That's a full quarter ahead of expectations.

According to the vendor the card comes bearing the fifth-gen GCN microarchitecture, but it will bring many of the benefits borne of the 7nm process. In addition, true to the GPUs' stated mission, the card has a number of optimisations specifically for AI workloads.

AMD claims the new 7nm process is twice as dense as its 14nm process, and the 7nm Vega die appears to be roughly 40% smaller than its predecessor. The new process also affords a 2x increase in power efficiency and AMD also claims it provides a 1.35x increase in performance.

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