Chip manufacturer expects to return to growth by end of fiscal year
Graphic card producer Nvidia today reported revenue for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2014, which ended April 28. The company report income of $954.7 million, down 13.7 percent from $1.11 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The company posted a $77.9 million profit, with earnings per share of $0.13, down 53.6 percent from $0.28 in the prior quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations for the quarter, and the company expects to return to growth later in the year, on the strength of the margins on the Kepler GPU chipset and the release of the Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip.
Two budget chips, three performance chips start new lineup
Nvidia today updated its line of notebook graphic processing units (GPU) -- the 700M series. The new Kepler-based lineup includes the mainstream 720M and 735M, coupled with the performance-oriented 740M, 745M, and 750M. All five of the new chipsets include three technologies meant to balance performance with battery life -- Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0, Nvidia Optimus, and GeForce Experience software.
GPU-based supercomputer to help biological, physical modelling
The world's fastest open-science supercomputer has finished its NVIDIA Kepler-based upgrade. The newly-rebranded Titan at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee now contains 18,688 Tesla K20 GPU accelerators that helps it achieve a peak performance of more than 20 petaflops.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 will cost $229, GTX 650 just $109
NVIDIA is attempting to appeal to budget-conscious PC gamers with its latest pair of offerings. The Kepler-based GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 will cost $229 and $109, respectively. The former has 2GB of dedicated RAM and 960 CUDA cores along with a GPU Boost mode that automatically overclocks it as needed. There is also a 980MHz core clock onboard.
New card boasts 1536 CUDA cores, 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
At the 2012 IBC show, Nvidia unveiled the Quadro K5000 for the Macintosh Pro. The Kepler-based K5000 is currently the most powerful professional class GPU for the Macintosh, providing both faster processing and lower power usage than its predecessor, the Quadro 4000.
Origin PC EON11-S puts quad Core i7 into 11in PC
Origin PC took its turn at the high-performance ultraportable category Sunday with the EON11-S. Using the same Clevo-made frame as the Maingear Pulse 11, it's small with an 11.6-inch screen but still fits as much as a quad 2.1GHz Core i7 courtesy of Intel's low-power Ivy Bridge architecture. Likewise, it carries a new GeForce GT 650M that gives it mid-level gaming.
NVIDIA sees Apple and itself hurting cheap PCs
NVIDIA's mobile lead Rene Haas in a conversation published overnight saw both his own company and Apple squeezing out traditional low-end notebooks. He explained to CNET that, just as Apple's MacBook Air had mostly killed the need for a "middle" system between the ultraportable and the faster MacBook Pro, NVIDIA would serve both Tegra-based mobile devices at the low end and graphics-heavy, performance-based notebooks on top. It was the stereotypical Windows notebook, which didn't have any of the performance edges or the portability, that was most at risk.
NVIDIA fills out GeForce 600M line
NVIDIA has paired up the GeForce GTX 680 launched Thursday with its first notebook graphics sharing the same Kepler architecture. The GeForce GT 640M LE, GT 640M, GT 650M, and GTX 660M all use the new 28-nanometer building process both to be smaller and cooler than their ancestors as well as up the core count and clock speeds. They peak at 384 cores on the 640M, 650M and 660M and up to either 735MHz or 850MHz on the 660M, depending on whether or not it's using GDDR5 or DDR3 memory.
NVIDIA GeForce 600 Kepler graphics official
NVIDIA formally brought its Kepler graphics core to the market Thursday, starting with its desktop line. The GeForce GTX 680 introduces new multiprocessing core groups known as SMX; they reportedly provide twice as much performance for the same energy as the GeForce 500 series. With three times as many cores as its ancestor (1,536), 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, and a 1GHz base clock, it's purportedly 43 percent faster in a game like Skyrim than AMD's Radeon HD 7970, even as it uses 28 percent less power.
Company boasts of Battlefield 3 performance
Acer has introduced the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG, an ultrabook that is claimed to be the first to be equipped with one of NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs. The GeForce GT 640M card is claimed to enable the ultrabook to play Battlefield 3 on the game's highest detail settings on the 15.6-inch 1366x768 display.
GeForce GTX 680M, GT 650M, 640M show
The higher end of NVIDIA's GeForce 600M lineup may have been leaked this week. The GTX 680M, GT 650M, and GT 640M spotted in the Notebook Review forums would be true next-generation parts using the Kepler architecture on a much smaller, more efficient 28 nanometer process. The GTX 680M as the centerpiece would use the full GK104 core from the desktop and make the most of its speed with a 256-bit bus and GDDR5 memory.
Demo shows Unreal Engine 4
Epic Games has reportedly run its "Samaritan" Unreal Engine 3 graphics demonstration on a single NVIDIA Kepler card. The same tech demonstration last year required three of NVIDIA's high-end GTX580 cards to run at equivalent speed, showcasing the power of the company's latest graphics hardware.
Integrate up to 3 drives in "superRAID" design
MSI has unveiled two new gaming laptops at the CeBIt 2012 Show in Hanover, Germany. The GT60 offers a 15.6-inch HD screen, while the GT70 provides a 17.3-inch display. Both are expected to be equipped with nextgen Intel quad-core Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA Kepler (GeForce 600M series) graphics chipsets.
Apple seen hopping back to NVIDIA for workstations
Apple's long-rumored Mac Pro update could signal a return to NVIDIA for graphics based on claims about production progress on Tuesday. The company had reportedly been soured based on is experience with drivers and hardware failures, MIC Gadget heard. Instead, it would use NVIDIA's Kepler hardware, although which exact parts weren't mentioned.
Dual-chip GTX690 tops list
NVIDIA's 2012 Kepler-based GPU lineup may have been revealed ahead of an official announcement. A list of alleged specs posted by EXPreview suggest the card range will be built from three different GPUs, including the GK110 produced from a 550mm˛ die. The flagship GTX690 is said to integrate two GK110 chips, for a total of 3.5GB of memory, with a 1.5GHz shader clock and a 4.5GHz memory clock.
NVIDIA said pushing Kepler, trashing Radeon 7900
NVIDIA was accused this week of using dishonest marketing to try to skew gamers towards its next-generation Kepler graphics hardware. Posters in the ChipHell forums claiming to have details of the new graphics core were reportedly discovered to be NVIDIA marketers. They made bold claims about Kepler's prices and performance in what appeared to be an attempt to downplay AMD's Radeon HD 7900 line.
Clarifies when commercial introduction will begin
Last week rumors flew about NVIDIA delaying the launch of its next generation Kepler GPUs from late 2011 until some time in 2012. Then, Chris Malachowsky, senior vice president of research and co-founder of Nvidia, reaffirmed that the Keplers would indeed be shipping by year's end. NVIDIA has now backtracked and claims that, while it's on target for receiving the silicon to build the GPUs, actual production of commercial units won't start until 2012.
NVIDIA may push Kepler and Maxwell GPUs by a year
NVIDIA is pushing back the launches of its Kepler and Maxwell graphics architectures by roughly a year, rumors from the video card industry alleged on Friday. Originally slated for late 2011 and 2013, the respective 28 and 22/20 nanometer designs are now supposedly being moved to 2012 and 2014. The Digitimes sources believed that NVIDIA's fabrication partner TSMC wasn't producing good yields of 28nm parts and that Kepler wasn't running as quickly as hoped for.
NVIDIA Kepler to be 3X more efficient than Fermi
As part of its GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA today provided a brief glimpse at its future graphics architecture, Kepler. The design will replace the Fermi core of today's GeForce 400 series and should calculate about five gigaflops of per watt, or more than three times the 1.5 gigaflops of Fermi hardware. Both the redesign as well as a shrink in the assembly process from 40 nanometers to 28 should reduce the need for extra cooling and power in notebooks and other hardware in tight spaces.