Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

Chipmaker AMD to Name New Chips After ABC Islands

CALIFORNIA — Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California The company is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture (behind Intel) aimed at the commercial and consumer markets.

AMD is now going the exotic route it seems. Several sources on the web mention that AMD is set to release its latest crop of high speed graphics processor chips in the second quarter of this year. One group of five new chips is called the “The Sea Islands series”. Three of these new chips will be named after the ABCIslands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.

Consumers and manufacturers can expect to see an increase in performance thanks to higher clock and and memory speed of the new AMD graphics processor units (GPU’s). The GPUs will reportedly have up to 1,792 stream processors and 3.4 billion transistors on board.

The full range of Sea Islands series will be named as follows:

  • Oland (Radeon HD 8600 – Based on older GCN architecture)
  • Bonaire (Radeon HD 8700 – Mainstream GPU)
  • Curacao (Radeon HD 8900 – High End GPU)
  • Aruba (Radeon HD 8990 – Flagship Dual Chip GPU based on two Curacao chips)
  • Hainan (Radeon HD 8800 – Performance GPU)

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