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AMD's Navi architecture referenced in Linux drivers

When will Navi release?

AMD's Navi architecture has been referenced in AMD's Linux drivers

AMD's Navi architecture referenced in Linux drivers

References to AMD's GFX10 architecture exist in the company's Linux drivers, with the earliest mentions of the design dating back as far as July. AMD's Vega architecture is known internally as GFX9, making GFX10 AMD's next-generation graphics processor. 

Looking at AMD's existing GPU roadmaps, we already know that the company plans to replace Vega with Navi, releasing on what is likely to be GlobalFoundries' 7nm manufacturing process with significant performance per watt gains over Vega. 

These driver references show that AMD is already working on their next generation of graphics hardware, which is likely to be released in late 2018 or early 2019 depending on how quickly Globalfoundries' new 7nm process matures. AMD has already stated that they will be releasing more Vega GPUs in the future using Globalfoundries' 14nm+ (now known as 12nm) manufacturing process, though at this time it is unknown what AMD plans to release outside of the APU space. 

  

AMD's Navi architecture has been referenced in AMD's Linux drivers


Back in 2016, AMD first mentioned Navi with the terms Scalability and Nexgen Memory, hinting at some significant changes to the way AMD designs their GPU hardware. Nexgen memory could be referring to GDDR6, HBM3 or some new memory type, with many considering "scalability" to be a reference to a multi-chip design, functioning in a similar way to AMD's EPYC CPUs to combine several smaller chips into a more substantial processor. 

This roadmap was released quite some time ago, so it is likely that Navi has changed over time, making the dates shown in the below roadmap unlikely to still be relevant. 

  
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18-12-2017, 10:36:53

NeverBackDown
Better be perfect otherwise I fear it will be very far behind than Nvidia.Quote

18-12-2017, 10:52:00

RobM
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Better be perfect otherwise I fear it will be very far behind than Nvidia.
Agree there man, given the disappointment Vega turned out to be they either need something along the lines that Ryzen turned out to be or maybe they will concede and focus on console gfx. TBH I think AMD are beaten in terms of graphics and reckon Nvidia have more held backQuote

18-12-2017, 11:23:44

AlienALX
We need mGPU or whatever the heck it is called working first. I do hope that AMD don't go making more tech for 5 years time now. If they do they deserve to go out of business.Quote

18-12-2017, 11:38:55

RobM
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
We need mGPU or whatever the heck it is called working first. I do hope that AMD don't go making more tech for 5 years time now. If they do they deserve to go out of business.
Maybe, just maybe they have been doing to GPUs what they did to CPUs Now that would be sweetQuote

18-12-2017, 11:41:03

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
Maybe, just maybe they have been doing to GPUs what they did to CPUs Now that would be sweet
0% chance. They have just "Glued" Polaris together. From what I recall that is all it is. Just multiple Polaris cores that rely on DX12 mGPU or whatever it is called. Nvidia are making it like that too, so expect serious coreage within the next decade.

My worry is that AMD will do that now, before, for example, the 7970 even does what it's good at (and every GPU they have made since).Quote
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