Radeon Technologies Group Promising Two New GCN GPUs for 2016
Things are definitely changing at AMD’s GPU division–new independent company, new name and new driver software called “Radeon Software”, which is a total overhaul of Catalyst Control Centre. The only thing they are yet to do is deliver any new graphics cards under the new name. Although according to Raja Koduri, the head of Radeon Technologies Group, that will not be the case in 2016 when they are slated to release 2 new GCN GPUs.
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Speaking with Patrick Moorhead at Forbes, Raja expressed that the new GPU driver software will play a leading role in business strategy over the next few years, and will include regular and stable updates and a focus on enabling strong content using RTG hardware and software. It’s pretty clear that RTG are trying to play catch up with NVIDIA, since GeForce Experience has become a cornerstone of NVIDIA products. I wont say RTG are late to the game, but they really need to offer some killer apps on their Radeon Software to pry away consumers from NVIDIA. So while the driver and software team at RTG will brainstorm and address that, the architecture team will be developing new hardware designs, which could mean either two new 14nm or 16nm parts will arrive next year. These parts will be focused on power consumption and higher performance.
As other areas of focus over the next few years, RTG will also be tackling virtual reality, education, professional graphics and even medicine–they really are casting out a wide net and pushing all fronts to expand into. We’ve already seen them announce an AMD CUDA compiler, a compatibility layer which can port CUDA code into C++, which is a language many developers use for professional tasks. This is clearly one way they are aiming to take away some marketshare from NVIDIA in the HPC segment, by making it easy for people used to coding in CUDA to transition to an AMD solution.
With the release of Zen CPUs next year, 2016 is starting to feel like an important year for AMD.