AMD on NVIDIA not using GPU chiplets: 'we have a big lead there'

AMD's next-gen RDNA 3 will see GPU chiplets enter the race, AMD has a 'big lead' over NVIDIA and 'they'll be forced to do so'.

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AMD will debut its next-gen RDNA 3 architecture later this year, where rumor has it that the big boy flagship Navi 31-based offering will feature a GPU chiplet-based design... and NVIDIA won't have anything with GPU chiplets, and AMD knows that.

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In a recent interview with VentureBeat, AMD senior vice president, corporate fellow and product technology architect, Sam Naffziger talked about GPUs using up to 600W of power by 2025, and so much more. But then VentureBeat's last question was a doozy "Compared to NVIDIA and Intel, do you feel like we're in a state of divergence when it comes to designs, or some kind of convergence?"

Naffziger replied, explaining: "It's hard to speculate. NVIDIA certainly hasn't jumped on the chiplet bandwagon yet. We have a big lead there and we see big opportunities with that. They'll be forced to do so. We'll see when they deploy it. Intel certainly has jumped on that. Ponte Vecchio is the poster child for chiplet extremes. I would say that there's more convergence than divergence.

Naffziger continued: But the companies that innovate in the right space the soonest gain an advantage. It's when you deliver the new technology as much as what the technology is. Whoever is first with innovation has the advantage".

Now, if you're up to date with this all... I reported back in July 2017 (5 years ago now!) that NVIDIA was rumored to shift over to multiple GPUs on future GeForce graphics cards... more on that here. It hasn't happened yet, but AMD will have multiple GPU chiplets on its upcoming Navi 31-based graphics cards according to rumors, but NVIDIA will be sitting with a monolithic GPU design for Ada Lovelace.

The previous question from VentureBeat -- As far as the concern that we were running into walls with things like Moore's Law hitting limits and other physical limitations looming, how concerned are you about that at this point? -- had Naffziger replying with: "I'm concerned in the sense that it drives new dimensions of innovation to get the efficiencies. The silicon technology is not going to do it for us".

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He continued: "We've seen this coming for a long time. Like I said, lead times are long. We've been investing in things like the Infinity Cache, chiplet architecture and all these approaches that exploit new dimensions to keep the gains coming. So yes, it's a big concern, but for those who prepare in advance and invest in the right technology, we have a lot of opportunity still".

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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