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May 27th 07, 04:44 PM

NVIDIA confirms Next-Gen close to 1TFlop in 4Q07
written by Arun

In recent analyst conferences that were publicly webcast on NVIDIA's
website, Michael Hara (VP of Investor Relations) has claimed that
their next-generation chip, also known as G92 in the rumour mill, will
deliver close to one teraflop of performance. In a separate answer to
an analyst's question, he also noted that they have no intention from
diverging from the cycle they have adopted with the G80, which is to
have the high-end part ready at the end of the year and release the
lower-end derivatives in the spring.

Assuming that NVIDIA manages to hit these aggressive release
schedules, it implies that the chip will compete with any potential
R6xx refresh at the beginning of its lifetime, but also eventually
with R700 as it seems unlikely NVIDIA will refresh again before the
second half of 2008, unless they go for an optical shrink from 65nm to
55nm. It also remains to be seen how aggressive ATI will be on the
process front this time around.

There also were a number of other highlights during the conference,
including a major emphasis on GPGPU (aka 'GPU Computing') and a short
mention of Intel's upcoming GPU efforts through their Larrabee
project. Micahel Hara seemed far from certain about Intel's exact
strategy there, although he did mention that it was possible Intel was
more interested in the GPGPU market than the gaming one. This is
something we have already said in the past.

And finally, he mentioned that although he does not believe R600 will
have any impact on their G80 sales, RV610 and RV630 are much more
competitive parts that are likely to gain traction in the marketplace.
He argued that he was not convinced 65nm gave AMD a real advantage in
terms of costs because of the yield curve, and seemed confident that
their own 65nm mainstream parts will be superior. We can't help but
wonder how much that matters when you release them 9 months later,
though? It will also be interesting to see who's first to 55nm, and
how good of a half-node it will be.