AMD demonstrates its 14nm FinFET Polaris GPU architecture

Polaris architecture-based GPUs are specifically designed for running games, VR, and multimedia application on computers with thin form-factors

Published Date
05 - Jan - 2016
| Last Updated
05 - Jan - 2016
AMD demonstrates its 14nm FinFET Polaris GPU architecture

AMD has demonstrated its 14nm FinFET Polaris GPU architecture. The company claims that the new GPU delivers a remarkable jump in power efficiency. The company expects shipments of the Polaris architecture-based GPUs to start from mid-2016. Polaris-based GPUS are specifically designed for gaming, VR, and multimedia applications running on computers with a small and thin form-factor. The GPU architecture features AMD’s fourth generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and a next-generation display engine with support for HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3. It also features 4K h.265 encoding and decoding. 

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AMD provided customers with a glimpse of its upcoming 2016 Polaris GPU architecture, highlighting a wide range of significant architectural improvements including HDR monitor support, and industry-leading performance-per-watt. AMD expects shipments of Polaris architecture-based GPUs to begin in mid-2016.
AMD’s Polaris architecture-based 14nm FinFET GPUs deliver a remarkable generational jump in power efficiency. Polaris-based GPUs are designed for fluid frame rates in graphics, gaming, VR and multimedia applications running on compelling small form-factor thin and light computer designs.
“Our new Polaris architecture showcases significant advances in performance, power efficiency and features,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. “2016 will be a very exciting year for Radeon™ fans driven by our Polaris architecture, Radeon Software Crimson Edition and a host of other innovations in the pipeline from our Radeon Technologies Group.”
The Polaris architecture features AMD’s 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, a next-generation display engine with support for HDMI® 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3, and next-generation multimedia features including 4K h.265 encoding and decoding.
AMD has an established track record for dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of its mobile processors, targeting a 25x improvement by the year 2020[ii].