Apple Supplier Ramping Production of AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs for iMac Pro


Earlier this year, Apple announced the iMac Pro, a new, focused desktop for professional Mac users out in the wild.

The new hardware is outfitted with a variety of top-tier and high-end specifications, all of which are meant to satiate any professional users out there who might want more from their hardware, and who are willing to pay for the specs, too. According to a report from DigiTimes, Siliconware Precision Industries is managing the production and orders for the AMD-branded Radeon Pro Vega GPU being used in the iMac Pro.

“The new iMac series adopt GPUs supplied by AMD, with the super workstation-class 27-inch iMac Pro equipped with Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU and 8GB HBM2 memory or Radeon Pro Vega 64 and 16GB HBM2 memory. The high-end GPUs are packaged using 2.5D technology while the general-spec GPUs use flip-chip packaging process. Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) handle the packaging for the iMac GPUs, with testing support from King Yuan Electronics, the sources said.”

The report also indicates that the company is now sending out orders for the AMD GPUs, indicating that Apple is ramping up ahead of the iMac Pro’s arrival later this year. Unfortunately, while we are now aware that Apple intends on matching its previously-announced release window of “December,” there isn’t any way to confirm which date in the month the company will launch the powerful desktop machine.

The iMac Pro will use two high-end GPUs from AMD, the first is the “56” graphics card which has 8GB of dedicated video memory, and the “64,” which has 16GB of dedicated video memory.

This newest report indicates that Apple is going through the motions to prepare for the iMac Pro’s launch, so if you’ve been eager to get your hands on one, it looks like the company will be able to match that December launch expectation. Barring any unforeseen issues with the production process, of course. Anything can change in the weeks between now and then.

Are you planning on picking up the Space Gray iMac Pro when it launches?

[via DigiTimes]