ATI Radeon HD 6000 Graphics Likely to Start Shipping in November

August 16, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

 AMD’s next generation ATI graphics will most likely be officially announced in October. A rumor has suggested that it would start shipping in November. AMD will be in a position to launch the new series named ATI Radeon HD 6000, according to DigiTimes, citing sources from graphics card vendors. 

AMD did not launch any new GPU’s after completing its ATI Radeon HD 5000 series launch itinerary. After the launch of the 5000 series which was known by the name Northern Islands, AMD managed to grab significant amount of sales from its graphics rival NVIDIA. The new series will be built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 40 nanometer manufacturing process and will be codenamed “Southern Islands”. AMD had originally planned to build Southern Islands on 32nm process that would have allowed smaller but efficient chips. But TSMC decided to advance directly to 28nm, which will start operations only by the end of the year. Because of the delay AMD decided to use the existing 40nm process.

Nvidia had faltered in recent times, with the company’s sales not reaching the level of its competitors. But there are rumors that Nvidia will be improving its graphics processors. So the decision by AMD will not come at a better time. But AMD officials said that they had no comments on the matter since it was unannounced.

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