At GTC 2010, Nvidia has revealed its next-gen architecture’s codename – Kepler. Currently, Nvidia is still busy filling out its Fermi series, with the last chip – GF108 – to be released in October as GeForce GT 400. Following that, we may see further variations of the GeForce 400 series. After that, the next major step forward comes only in H2 2011, however, at 28nm, with Kepler.

gtc roadmap 1 NVIDIA next gen is Kepler, 28nm in H2 2011

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At GTC 2010, Nvidia has revealed its next-gen architecture’s codename –
Kepler. Currently, Nvidia is still busy filling out its Fermi series,
with the last chip – GF108 – to be released in October as GeForce GT
400. Following that, we may see further variations of the GeForce 400
series. The next major step forward comes only in H2 2011, however, at
28nm, with Kepler.

gtc roadmap 1 NVIDIA next gen is Kepler, 28nm in H2 2011

Kepler targets boosting DP performance per watt by 2x-3x over Fermi. Unfortunately, GTC has traditionally been targeted at Compute rather than Gaming, and DP is far less important for gaming, at least till now. Any major innovations relevant to gaming will likely be disclosed in the future. Following Kepler comes Maxwell, promising substantial DP/watt improvements, and continuing Nvidia’s trend of naming architectures after scientists, in 2013 and at 22nm.

While the schedule is stated as H2 2011 for Kepler and 2013 for Maxwell, neither Nvidia nor TSMC have been at all successful at meeting target dates, so we will take these dates with a grain of salt, especially considering how Fermi is dated at 2009 on the same slide when in fact the very first Fermi cards were only available in April 2010. Even so, H2 2011 is a long way off, and we sure hope Nvidia have something in store before then to fight the AMD HD 6000 generation.

Reference: Fudzilla