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AMD Radeon Vega20 references spotted in Linux driver

by Mark Tyson on 2 April 2018, 10:11

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AMD Vega20 GPU references have been spotted in Linux driver code. It is expected that Vega20 will 'simply' be a die shrink of the original Vega GPU. According to some previously leaked roadmaps Vega20 will appear from Q3 to Q4 this year.

Vega20 was originally thought to move the architecture from 14nm to 12nm but it could well jump straight to 7nm. Supporting this idea, a next-gen Vega accelerator, as AMD officially stated at CES 2018, is being built specifically for machine learning applications on the 7nm node.

The Linux driver code that came to light this weekend contains references to six new Vega20 GPUs. In the screen shot below you can see the device IDs listed under the /* Vega 20 */ section. You can see that the code has been reviewed and signed off by three AMD engineers.

Considering the history of such Linux code leaks, it took about three months between the Linux patch for Vega10 appeared for the AMD Frontier Edition to come out.

It will be interesting to see the performance / efficiency improvements which can be delivered by Vega's move to 7nm. If you look at previous roadmaps you will also observe that Navi will appear on 7nm ahead of an unnamed next-gen GPU architecture on 7nm+ by 2020.



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I really hope that the die shrink will give a decent TDP with nice performances, so I can buy one of those instead of giving money to that shady company that is nVidia.
Shady how? Trying to make money is shady? AMD just has morons for management who don't know how to price their products for profit. That isn't a problem for NV/Intel/Qcom/samsung/apple etc etc… Any company in business to be your friend will die, it's just a matter of how long their death is prolonged…PERIOD.

Though AMD's vid cards are usually sub-par (heat watts etc) so, perhaps these are priced ok. The problem is they kill their own margins by going HBM which is hard to produce and NOT necessary and far too expensive. Again, bad management. If they had went GDDR5x or even GDDR5 and quit shooting for 4k which is a minuscule portion of the market, they would have MUCH better margins and be able to put out cards in massive quantities, both of which lead to better profit, and more market share. So with vid cards the price isn't the problem, the chosen parts are which kill margins. TWO new product launches and they still can't make money. OUCH. Bad management. Great employees, but management that kills them too. Buzzwords don't win in an age where anyone can read a dozen reviews in a night.
I was expecting to see a 7nm Vega 48 this year? Maybe it'll still happen.
nobodyspecial
Shady how? Trying to make money is shady? AMD just has morons for management who don't know how to price their products for profit. That isn't a problem for NV/Intel/Qcom/samsung/apple etc etc… Any company in business to be your friend will die, it's just a matter of how long their death is prolonged…PERIOD.

Though AMD's vid cards are usually sub-par (heat watts etc) so, perhaps these are priced ok. The problem is they kill their own margins by going HBM which is hard to produce and NOT necessary and far too expensive. Again, bad management. If they had went GDDR5x or even GDDR5 and quit shooting for 4k which is a minuscule portion of the market, they would have MUCH better margins and be able to put out cards in massive quantities, both of which lead to better profit, and more market share. So with vid cards the price isn't the problem, the chosen parts are which kill margins. TWO new product launches and they still can't make money. OUCH. Bad management. Great employees, but management that kills them too. Buzzwords don't win in an age where anyone can read a dozen reviews in a night.

it's not really a case of bad management .. it's a case of catch up they sat on bulldozer to long and took to long to push out zen ..yes vega was a bad card money wise but it is a good base to move forward on .
and then you have the whole 2 things at once cpu and gpu .
now if zen+ and vega2 hit with better overall value there going to start to make money .. why do you think NVidia is holding back there new flagship ? and arm twisting all the manufactures ?
they have prob heard or even seen what it can do
@nobodyspecial

I think you're missing the point, Ginos comments are probably in respect to the very suspiciously shady GPP