AMD appears to be gearing up for a new family of graphics cards to the market after registering a new trademark for its new 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPUs.
The trademark for Vega II was applied for about two weeks ago and includes a new stylised logo that closely resembles the current stylised ‘V’ logo used for Vega, albeit with ‘II’ carved out of the right-hand side.
The filing includes an image of the new Vega II trademark as well as a description dryer than the Gobi Desert. “The mark consists of two triangles, joined at one corner, so that a leg of each triangle appears to form the side of a letter "V". The left side of the design is a single dark triangle. The right side of the design is composed of a smaller triangle and four alternating light and dark horizontal stripes.” Lovely. Fascinating.
Unsurprisingly, the trademark is in relation to “Integrated circuits, namely, graphics, video and multimedia integrated circuits,” which is, graphics cards, basically.
Based upon this, we’d hazard a guess that AMD is looking to unveil its next generation of graphics cards fairly soon, probably at CES 2019 in early January. AMD CEO Lisa Su said last week that AMD will shortly be “very competitive overall and that includes the high-end of the GPU market.”
It should be said though that Vega II doesn't necessarily equate to gaming graphics cards. These could well be data centre or workstation variants of its 7nm Vega GPU.
An additional rumour also intimated that we could also be looking at the AMD Radeon RX 3000 series soon, powered by Navi, including a $249 Radeon RX 3080 that competes with the GeForce RTX 2070. How much veracity there is to that rumour remains to be seen, but it would certainly light a fire under the GPU industry.