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Nvidia Corp. on Thursday clarified its plans regarding the next-generation Kepler graphics processing units (GPUs) and their release timeframes. Apparently, the company is on schedule to receive the early silicon of Kepler from its manufacturing partner later in 2011, but the commercial launch of the product is scheduled to occur only in 2012.

"Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn’t expect product to be available this year," said Ken Brown, a spokesman for Nvidia, in an email statement.

Chris Malachowsky, senior vice president of research and a co-founder of Nvidia said at a recent event that Nvidia would start shipping its next-generation graphics processing units code-named Kepler by the end of the year. The company did not say that the new chips will actually become available commercially though.

Kepler is Nvidia's next-generation graphics processor architecture that is projected to bring considerable performance improvements and will likely make the GPU more flexible in terms of programmability, which will speed up development of applications that take advantage of GPGPU (general purpose processing on GPU) technologies. Some of the technologies that Nvidia promised to introduce in Kepler and Maxwell (the architecture that will succeed Kepler) include virtual memory space (which will allow CPUs and GPUs to use the "unified" virtual memory), pre-emption, enhance the ability of GPU to autonomously process the data without the help of CPU and so on.

The new chip is projected to be made using 28nm process technology. Many believe that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which makes chips for Nvidia, AMD and many others, will not be able to supply enough 28nm products this calendar year.

Nvidia's Kepler family of products, which will likely get GeForce 600-series name in the consumer market segment, will not only power Nvidia's mid-term future products, but will also help Nvidia to boost sales of its desktop discrete graphics cards. In Q2 2011 shipments of discrete graphics boards for desktops were down 15%, according to some analysts.

Tags: Nvidia, Geforce, Kepler, 28nm, Maxwell, Tesla, Quadro


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Discussion started: 08/04/11 07:18:32 PM
Latest comment: 10/05/11 03:16:44 AM
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0 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 08/04/11 07:18:32 PM]

I don't believe AMD has anything to stand up against kepler once it comes out
6 8 [Posted by: bl4ckdr4g00n  | Date: 08/04/11 07:23:30 PM]
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I don't believe Nvidia has anything to stand up against Southern Islands once it comes out.

There, fixed for you
7 8 [Posted by: quasi_accurate  | Date: 08/04/11 08:51:39 PM]
I don't believe AMD has anything to stand up against kepler once it comes out

Seriously?? Have you even read any of the reports about the AMD Graphics Core Next Compute Units (CU)? This is a significant departure in GPU power from the previous generation of AMD/ATi GPUs. Don't forget you have the technical graphical prowess of ATi mixed in with CPU tech of AMD. If there's a company that's going take GPU computing to the next level it's AMD/ATi. Don't get me wrong, I like nVidia a lot, but times are a changing.
1 0 [Posted by: KittyMonster  | Date: 08/05/11 12:13:07 PM]

This was no surprise, why does NVIDIA need to rush out the next architecture when they still hold the single GPU crown. I think they should focus on SLI for a little while, considering how CF setups are beating SLI even when SLI has better individual cards if ran by themselves vs the CF cards.
1 1 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 08/04/11 07:25:34 PM]
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I noticed you used the quantifier "single GPU crown"
0 0 [Posted by: quasi_accurate  | Date: 08/04/11 08:52:31 PM]
Single GPU Crowns are for both

AMD GPUs are heavily Integer Friendly
Nvidia GPUs are heavily Floating Point Friendly

AMD = The Best at Integer(Bitcoin Mining)
Nvidia = The Best at Floating Point(F@H)
4 0 [Posted by: seronx  | Date: 08/04/11 11:03:45 PM]
you could buy two radeon 6950s and crossfire them for the price of a single GTX 580
5 1 [Posted by: 7gramrocks  | Date: 08/05/11 12:02:54 AM]

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0 3 [Posted by: psycho_mccrazy  | Date: 08/05/11 02:08:06 AM]
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Personally I prefer to hope that Diablo 3 will run well on current generation cards.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/05/11 11:59:12 AM]

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0 7 [Posted by: xtra0rdinaryxd  | Date: 08/05/11 07:41:05 AM]
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GeForce 8000 family came out in 2006, GeForce 400 family in 2010. about 3.5 year difference. So where exactly you get the "every 2 years" is unclear.
4 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/05/11 10:16:16 AM]

Oh here we go again, nVidia fanboys vs AMD fanboys.

I wonder when you will stop being like that and just buy whatever you like without feeling the need to dig some shit for the "opposing force" so you can feel better for your purchase.

So far I see both companies to hold great and both have always a GPU as good as the other, something that make them compete more and more, and give us cheaper GPUs with more horsepower.

Now give me thumbs down for pointing out the obvious in your stupid conflict.
3 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/05/11 10:59:02 AM]
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If you deserve a thumbs down for anything it's for the last sentence.
2 1 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/05/11 11:57:47 AM]
isn't it truth?
1 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/05/11 05:30:01 PM]
Obviously not.
1 1 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/06/11 04:19:10 AM]
oh, then it is not a stupid conflict... What is it?
0 1 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/06/11 06:55:45 AM]
What they don't realise is "WE" the consumer NEED both companies regardless which side of the fence you are in, Unless you are one of those who like to burn dollar bills by the fireplace to keep warm. sigh....
0 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 10/05/11 03:13:43 AM]

No, it's a stupid conflict. But it's also stupid to goad people into voting a thumbs down.

By the way, far as I've seen competition leads to better products but also higher prices.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 08/06/11 09:38:05 AM]
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higher prices? where have you seen that? Always competition make lower prices.

If you can drop the price, you will do it so the consumers buy your GPU.

Only if you are the only one who is selling (monopoly) the prices are going high, because you have no competition.
2 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 08/07/11 08:26:41 AM]

I hope the next top class cards wont require 1KW power supply and liquid cooling.
Personally I would buy nvidia or ATI, doesn't matter, as long as it fits my gaming requests by price, performance and power consumption.
1 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 08/09/11 01:14:53 AM]
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Can I just add in there NOISE as well. Am willing to pay more for a card if you can keep the damn thing quiet(on air cooling).
1 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 10/05/11 03:16:44 AM]


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