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Nvidia Corp.’s chief executive officer said during quarterly conference call with financial analysts that the company would only ramp up production of its next-generation flagship Fermi-G300 graphics processing unit in the company’s first quarter of fiscal year 2011, which means January – April timeframe.

“Next year it is going to be an interesting first quarter because, in fact, we will need more wafers than ever in Q1. The reason for that is because – and I mean more 40nm wafers than ever in Q1 –we are […] fully ramping Fermi for three different product lines: GeForce, Quadro and Tesla,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, in the conference call with financial analysts.

Nvidia’s first quarter of fiscal year 2011 begins on the 26th of January and ends on the 26th of April, 2010. Therefore, the claim by Mr. Huang means that Nvidia will only be able to start commercial shipments its next-generation graphics cards based on Fermi architecture in calendar 2010, not in calendar 2009, as the company promised originally.

Besides the next-generation high-end graphics processor, which is usually called Fermi (also known as NV60, G300, GT300), Nvidia will also ramp up manufacturing of its next-generation core-logic for Intel Core 2 processors and other products.

“We will be fully ramping MCP89. We will be fully ramping Tegra. Not to mention the 40nm products that we currently have that are fully ramped up, and so I am expecting Q1 to be a pretty exciting quarter for us because we just have so many new products,” added Mr. Huang.

Nvidia on Thursday reported revenue of $903.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended October 25, 2009, up 16% from the previous quarter and up slightly from $897.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier.

On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $107.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with net income of $61.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share a year ago. Third quarter GAAP results included a benefit to operating income of $25.1 million related to insurance reimbursements received during the quarter. On a non-GAAP basis – excluding the insurance reimbursements and stock-based compensation, as well as their associated tax impact − net income was $110.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with $111.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, a year earlier.

"We continued to make progress in the third quarter with healthy market demand across the board. Revenue was up from a year ago, with improvement in each of our PC, professional solutions and consumer businesses. It’s great to see us shipping orders with our Tegra mobile-computing solution, and growing enthusiasm for our Tesla platform for parallel computing in the server and cloud-computing markets," said the chief executive officer of Nvidia.

Tags: Nvidia, Geforce, Fermi, GT300, NV60

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This is where AMD is going to be shooting themselves in the foot. They need to take advantage of nVIDIA's manufacturing failures and get more Radeon HD 5800 series cards to the market. I already have one but I'll admit it wasn't easy to get.
0 0 [Posted by: JonMCC33  | Date: 11/06/09 12:02:34 PM]
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Agreed. But ATi is famous on shooting themselves in old Radeon 8500 times they had great chip but basically few of them make to market due some TSMC also problems at expected speed.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 11/09/09 08:24:46 PM]
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AMD now should flood market with 5xxx series ,card is better than any Nvidia ,lower power consumption ,less temperature ,better perfomance than any Nvidia single gpu ,this is thing that Nvidia fan also agree.
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 11/06/09 06:44:30 PM]
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First kittys are drown in cold water If AMD is SMART they already have in production an RV870 successor as whole new generation with todas dx11 and advanced to dx11+. And they should made that jumpjust like nV did with skipping to NV40 only a year after they introduce their first trully dx9.0 chip(and it was dx9.0c at the beginning, NV30) making huge gap between them and ATI.
And now all they need to do is to produce abundance of GPUs in GFs 32nm bulk as a Cypress refresh and shrink in once but starting new HD6000 series. So trully 2560SPs with 128TMU 32RBEs and with FMA revised dx11 they have now. So in June we might look at some Fermi killer if it aint be 3x better than any of todays hd5800 series ?:
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 11/09/09 08:31:38 PM]
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are you talking about 2010 or 2011? I'll be curious to see how the new Fermi does, 58xx series is pretty good but it's not a real huge shakeup exept for the high end market that I can't buy right now :-(
0 0 [Posted by: somidiot  | Date: 11/06/09 08:24:18 PM]
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We are talkin about calendar 2010 in the headline.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 11/07/09 05:44:54 PM]
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AMD is trying to put its products out. The problem is TSMC and their issues with the 40nm process. They are having constant issues getting above the 40% mark for usable chips. If AMD had the chips, they could put out more of the 5000 series and really catch up in market share. However the lack of supply for 40nm chips has really hurt AMD putting their products on the market.
0 0 [Posted by: The_Smurph  | Date: 11/06/09 10:42:41 PM]
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Well since AMD can't get enough chips out of the 40nm lines as they like, how can nVidia think they will?
Especially since in Q1 AMD and nVidia will try and get everything out they can. Further AMD not only has the 58xx series (Cypress) pressing nVidia they also have the 57xx series (Juniper) where nVidia has no real response for either.
The next year will be tough for nVidia. Nothing new though. Has happened to them before, has happened to ATI, too.
0 0 [Posted by: mschira  | Date: 11/07/09 01:51:15 AM]
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It's interesting to see if AMD will wait for nVidia new line of cards before releasing the next 5870X2 GPU...Somehow, I have a feeling that the dual GPU card will be much stronger than 2x5870 in SLI. Only time will tell...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/07/09 07:14:54 PM]
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I'm certainly interested in finding out how well the Fermi does because I found that the 58xx series was actually very good. However I don't see there being much of a shake-up rather than in the more expensive end of the market.
Danny
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