Apple suppliers prep AMD Vega GPUs for iMac Pro


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Apple suppliers are busy preparing high-end AMD Vega graphics chips for the upcoming iMac Pro.

The machine will be Apple’s most powerful all-in-one to date, and supply chain sources indicate it is on track to meet its December launch date.

All has gone all-out to make the iMac Pro a powerhouse. Prices will start at a whopping $4,999, and for that, you’ll be treated to workstation-class Intel Xeon processors, ample RAM and storage, and powerful new AMD Vega CPUs.

The latter are now being prepared by Apple suppliers in Taiwan, according to a Digitimes report. Local firm Siliconware Precision Industries is handling packaging, while testing is being carried out by King Yuan Electronics, sources say.

U.S.-based company GlobalFoundries is said to be fabricating the chips using a cutting-edge 14-nanometer manufacturing process.

In the iMac Pro, those Vega GPUs will be available with 8GB of video memory as standard, though Apple will offer 16GB configurations for those who pay more. Its Xeon processors will come in 8-, 10-, and 18-core varieties.

Apple is yet to offer a more specific release date for iMac Pro, but like HomePod, it is slated to arrive this December.


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