AMD Introduces Polaris architecture for GPUs

Jan

5

2016

AMD has announced a new architecture for video cards and embedded GPUs. The architecture has been given the name Polaris and needs to go to be produced in the course of 2016 16nm FinFET technology.

AMD, in his communication Polaris very few details released, but does promise significant improvements in the new GPU architecture. In part, that of the intrinsic improvements associated with the new 16nm FinFET-manufacturing technology and partly derived from the Polaris-design. The current GPUs from AMD are still produced in 28nm by TSMC. The move to 16nm FinFET technology makes possible efficient transistors which are less affected by leakage currents in an idle state, but offer better performance. That should reduce the energy consumption of Polaris GPUs.

In addition, AMD has architectural changes made to the Polaris-GPUs, which would significantly improve performance. That should result in powerful, efficient GPUs. AMD showed a Polaris GPU which Star Wars: Battlefront at 1080p with 60fps is playable with a power consumption of 86W. The competition would do the same with 140W on a GTX 950.

Polaris GPU would have an architecture that has changed significantly compared to previous GPUs. The graphics core next architecture is renewed and raised to the fourth generation. Almost all parts of the GPU are renewed, cache and memory controller to multimedia cores and display engine and geometry processor. Thus, support for DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0a and added to the GPU’s hardware 4K video encoding with h265 codec and decoding. AMD plans to introduce the first Polaris GPUs mid-year.

It is still unclear who is going to produce the GPUs for AMD. The company says in its presentation of a 16nm FinFET process-but mentions in its press release 14nm. The Taiwanese company TSMC, traditional partner of AMD GPUs, producing Polaris GPUs at 16nm would be borne take. Earlier there was gpu production by Samsung and GlobalFoundries, which has Samsung’s 14nm FinFET-licensing process. What products appear concretely with Polaris architecture, which specifications they get and when we can expect, AMD is not yet known.

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