AMD says Northern Islands GPUs coming next week
During its third-quarter financial results call, AMD CEO Dirk Meyer revealed the chipmaker will launch its next-generation graphics cards next week. Based on the codenamed Northern Islands architecture, they are expected to include the Radeon HD 6000-series, with the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 rumored to arrive on October 22. The cards are expected to be built on the 40nm process.
AMD Southern Island codenames revealed by driver
A new driver release from ATI, Catalyst 10.8, has brought with it 36 codenames of future hardware. The product codenames likely refer to next-generation ATI graphics processors, dubbed Southern Islands but likely to make up the ATI Radeon 6000 series. The codenames are prefixed by NI, which could stand for Northern Islands, a codename used for the next-gen GPUs when they were thought to be based on 40nm architecture rather than 28nm as the upcoming ones are expected to be.