AMD has been quite mum as to what its near-future plans are. Pitted against the likes of Intel and Nvidia who have elaborated on their up and coming technologies, AMD has been unusually quiet. But now, a product description by a retailer may have incidentally revealed an upcoming AMD chip.
The product description is that of a 13-inch Asus Vivobook. In the specifications sheet, you can see the mention of a next-gen AMD Radeon HD 8000 chip, one which AMD hasn’t officially announced yet.
The exact model number of the purported AMD chip that apparently goes under the hood of this sleek notebook is HD 8550M. Naturally, we are curious as to whether or not AMD may have plans of using such a chip in a notebook come 2013.
It is quite possible that the 8550M chip is originally a last-generation chip. AMD can use it in an upcoming notebook to gain a foothold into 2013 without essentially releasing a next-generation chip. But then, in all probability, it can also be a truly next-generation chip.
However, since AMD hasn’t divulged any plans of a new graphics chip, it seems a tad bit far-fetched to think that 8550M can be a next-generation graphics chip. The laptop into which this chip goes will be available from the end of December, or so the retailer which has ousted the spec-sheet reveals.