AMD confirms Radeon based DirectX 11 graphics cards in 2009
During the earnings call for the first quarter of 2009 AMD's Dirk Meyer confirmed that AMD will launch DirectX 11 graphics cards in 2009.
Dirk Meyer, AMD's CEO, said during the Q1 2009 earnings call that AMD will launch the first DirectX 11 graphics cards later this year. After AMD had already announced 40 nm products for the mobile sector (Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and Mobility Radeon HD 4830) more products are expected soon. Meyer probably hints at the RV740 based Ati Radeon HD 4770.
Due to DirectX 10.1 and GDDR5 AMD currently has a technology advantage and according to Meyer AMD plans to lead the market with the X11 solutions coincident with Microsoft Windows 7 release in the back half of the year. Interesting side note: The AMD CEO expects that Windows 7 will be released in 2009 - although Microsoft gave several conflicting statements on that matter.
With the Frostbite Engine which is the base for the games of the Battlefield series the first game engine has already been ported to DirectX 11 and according to the latest rumors the 40 nm AMD GPU RV870 will possibly be released in August. One of the most favored names for such a graphics cards is Radeon HD 5870, but none of the rumors regarding this matter has been confirmed up to now.
Read the full transcript of the AMD Q1 2009 earnings call at seekingalpha .com.
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