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.