Reports concerning AMD's future series of graphics adapters have emerged in the past, but a recent one appears to contradict them, at least as far as the estimated time of arrival is concerned.
As end-users must be aware, Advanced Micro Devices, like NVIDIA, has been working on its next range of graphics adapters.
Though the Fusion accelerated processing units have the low-end and even the mainstream well in hand, add-in-boards aren't about to disappear.
As such, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is preparing to unleash the next generation Radeon boards.
So far, there have been some rumors and reports about the products, most of which were in agreement over the likely time of arrival, although the time frame was always somewhat vague.
More precisely, it was surmised that the first graphics cards would arrive in the fourth quarter of this year (2011).
Now, however, a certain interview that PowerColor's sales director agreed to places the Radeon HD 7000 series as slated for the first quarter of 2012 instead.
This is not the only divergence form what has been leaked so far, as the manufacturing process that the GPUs are to be based on is also different.
Liao says that TSMC's 40nm is the most likely to be employed, despite how not just AMD, but also NVIDIA, have been moving visibly on the 28nm front.
In fact, the former already said that it has working samples of 28nm chips, so a miscommunication must have happened either in this case (most likely) or previous leaks.
All in all, though the new words do appear to shed some light on things, one shouldn't rule out the previously reported time frame.
Those so inclined may visit the aforementioned interview in order to learn more of the PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 X2, HD 6970 X2 and HD 6970 Eyefinity.
Next-Gen AMD GPUs Come in Early 2012