A contrasting set of rumours regarding Nvidia’s Fermi have hit the web following a meeting involving Nvidia’s top men in Hong Kong. First up is a Fudzilla report which claims a late January release for Fermi based Geforce products. On the other hand, HardOCP is speculating an April 2010 release. More next page.
Despite constant rumours that Nvidia is focusing on the potentially lucrative HPC industry with Fermi – rather than gaming – company spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo dismisses such rumours as “unfounded” and “ludicrous”. “Gaming remains our bread and butter focus area. However, there are other opportunities for us to explore as the company grows, such as
ASUS has adopted award-winning NVIDIA® ION™ graphics for many of its top-selling “Eee” netbooks and nettop PCs. All of the NVIDIA ION-based PCs and motherboards from ASUS fully support Windows 7, which takes advantage of graphics processors to accelerate a variety of applications, freeing the CPU to handle other tasks. The new ASUS products include:
Following the release of ATI’s flagship Hemlock, we first witnessed the first picture of a working Fermi based Geforce system, and now at SC ’09, Nvidia have demonstrated Fermi going up against GT200. All in one day! The demonstration is a N-body simulation running on CUDA with 20,480 body interactions in double precision. This demonstration
Finally, we have a picture of what looks like real Fermi based Geforce product rendering graphics! Probably not a co-incidence it was revealed on the same day as AMD’s Radeon HD 5970 release. The picture, posted on Nvidia’s Facebook page, is of a GF100 product running Unigine’s Heaven DX11 benchmark. Visually, the card look similar
Galaxy releases the new GeForce GT240 D5 and Galaxy GeForce GT240 D3 with 1GB/512MB. It is based on 40nm process with 96 stream processors, 128-bit memory interface, 512MB GDDR3/5 memory. The cards come with its own custom cooler to keep the GPU operating 10-15 degrees lower than the standard cooling system.
We all know it is constantly being delayed – but at the end of all those delays, what we were expecting was a stellar product from Nvidia. However, with today’s press release, certain inconvenient details are revealed. Let’s forget about the delays for now, and just consider the product itself. The first Fermi GPU –
Nvidia have “paper launched” the HPC version of its next-generation Fermi architecture. Branded as Tesla 20 series, the HPC GPGPUs will release in Q2 2010. Like the Tesla 10 series based on GT200, Tesla 20 will feature single GPU and four GPU options. The single GPU will come in to variants – C2050 and C2070,
A day before release, Fudzilla have finalized specifications and price for what is likely to be Nvidia’s final release before Fermi. The product is the GT 240 – based on the 40nm GT215 shrink. It packs in 96 shader units and an unusually low clock speed for a product of it’s kind of 550 MHz.
Nvidia diversifying to the CPU business is an ancient rumour, which recurs with every generation or two. No surprises then, that a version of the same rumour – that Nvidia is developing an x86 CPU - has been doing rounds on the internet over the last week. In an interview with CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun
Fudo of Fudzilla, one of the few reporters calling for a November/December 2009 release (a rumour which has now been squashed), suggests Nvidia Fermi is only going to ship with an A3 revision. Currently, we are at A2, which was rumoured to have been taped out in WW42, which was end of October 2009. What
There have been two camps of rumours on Fermi’s launch date. The first have been saying Fermi is all set to launch in November/December, 2009. The second consider it entirely unlikely, and suggest a late Q1 2010 release, at best. Now, we have the word straight from the boss. Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun-Huang suggests Fermi
Nvidia is in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Lucid Logix’ HYDRA has been a promising and anticipated product ever since it was announced back in 2008. Lucid claimed it would allow graphics cards from different manufacturers to scale better than current AFR solutions such as SLI or Crossfire. So, you could combine
Nvidia have been at a war of words with Intel for a while now. Fudzilla have uncovered a website called “Intel’s Insides” which features a collection of somewhat humourous comics parodying Intel. Right below the comics, there’s a small Nvidia logo, which has can lead people to believe that it is indeed Nvidia, the visual
This is a rumour that has surfaced and died several times, and it has resurfaced again. However, this time, there is more evidence than usual. Over the last year or two, Nvidia have spent a lot of time and effort into marketing stream computing. GPUs, or parallel processors, are significantly more powerful than their CPU
While Nvidia and a few other reporters (most notably, Fudzilla) claim Fermi based products are well on their way, a host of other reporters are now claiming Nvidia is “doing their best” to have a working Fermi demonstration at CES 2010, which is scheduled for 7th to 10th November. Nvidia’s original release date was apparently
Remember the mysterious “new” dual-GPU from EVGA/Nvidia? It is here, and there are no surprises. It is a combination of GTX 275 as the “GPU” and a GTS 250 as the PhysX Processor, “PPU”. More next page.
A forum member on Chinese website PCZilla has leaked some stunning images purpotedly rendered on a Fermi GPU. The images are close enough to photo-realistic and feature raytracing. Lighting and depth of field effects are particularly impressive, as are the facial hair and features. More next page.
AMD’s senior manager of development relations, Richard Huddy, in a talk with Hexus, feels Nvidia is “somewhat abandoning the gaming market”. He did mention the importance of compute applications, and something AMD “put a lot of effort into” as well. However, with recent decisions by Nvidia have proved to be controversial and frustrated both gamers
TSMC’s troubled 40nm process has once again hit yield issues. When RV740 (HD 4770) first released in Q2 2009, availability remained poor due to troubled yields reported to be as low as 20-30%. By July, the 40nm yield had improved to a respectable 60%. Today, the main 40nm products are AMD’s Juniper and Cypress dies.