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AMD announces four Radeon HD 8000M chips

To appear at CES
Mon Dec 17 2012, 20:00
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CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced four Radeon HD 8000M series GPU chips sporting its latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

AMD's GCN architecture made its first appearance in the firm's ultra high-end mobile chips, however next month's CES show will see the firm show off laptops featuring four Radeon HD 8000M series chips. The firm's four Radeon HD 8000M chips are pitched at the mainstream and gaming laptop markets, though the company said that Asus already has a laptop announced that will use the chips in an 'ultrathin' design.

AMD's Radeon HD 8000M series sees the firm split three chips with the same number of stream processors and memory clock speeds that scale up to 1.125GHz but differentiated by their core speeds. The firm's Radeon HD 8500M, Radeon HD 8600M and Radeon HD 8700M all have 384 stream processors but are clocked up to 650MHz, 775MHz and between 650MHz and 850MHz, respectively.

Topping AMD's present range is the Radeon HD 8800M, which has 640 stream processors and is clocked at between 650MHz and 700MHz, while its GDDR5 memory is also clocked at 1.125GHz. All of the firm's chips, by virtue of being based on the GCN architecture, support DirectX 11.1.

AMD said it will launch three more chips in the Radeon HD 8000M series in the second quarter of 2013. According to the firm's roadmap, two of those chips will sit above the Radeon HD 8800M in terms of performance while the third will straddle somewhere between the Radeon HD 8600M and Radeon HD 8700M.

AMD was tight-lipped on the power figures for its chips, saying that full details of its Radeon HD 8000M series chips will appear at CES, where its partners will tip up with laptops sporting the chips. µ


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