A strange entry has appeared on a shipping manifest at Zauba, with AMD’s codename “Magnum” relating to an FPGA prototype board, as well as DTV. This is certainly a strange entry, but what does it mean?
“PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY-AMD MAGNUM FPGA PROTOTYPEBOARD FOR DTV P/N .102-B25432-00 (FOC)” reads the shipping details.
This is a very strange thing to be attributed to AMD, especially since they sold off their DTV division seven years ago to Broadcom, although it does fit with rumours in the industry that AMD wanted to do something in terms of FPGA. Although, what AMD are doing in the digital TV market at the moment certainly remains to be seen.
The pricing on the label leads us to believe this is a high-end product, perhaps something along the lines of the Nvidia Shield TV, as it would make sense that AMD would love to take the wind out of Nvidia’s sails in this market. It’s most likely something related to Zen hardware, however, there’s one more very obvious solution staring us right in the face, could this be for a new console? With Nintendo already shipping some development kits for their next console, this could be the first hints of the hardware development. Of course, this is all speculation, we don’t know what they’re working on, but AMD are without a doubt cooking up something!
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