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Nvidia Ships Billionth TSMC-Built GPU

Nvidia Ships Billionth TSMC-Built GPU

Nvidia has announced the shipment of its billionth GPU with hardware partner TSMC.

Nvidia today announced a milestone in its partnership with chip maker TSMC - the shipment of the billionth GeForce GPU designed by Nvidia and manufactured by TSMC.

The impressive shipment volume has been reached after the companies started working together on the production of GPUs twelve years ago, and despite some hiccups along the way, the partnership has been fruitful.

Speaking about the achievement, Nvidia's chief Jen-Hsun Huang first tooted his horn with the statement that 'since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, Nvidia has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry.'

He also added that 'with our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1,000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centres.'

Morris Chang, chief executive of TSMC, was equally ebullient about the companies' partnership and their future together, stating that 'Nvidia's achievement is a prime example of how close collaboration between foundry and fabless companies can benefit the consumer electronics market, the semiconductor market segment and both companies' shareholders. Nvidia has been a model of vision and innovation, and we highly value the long-term relationship between Nvidia and TSMC.'

Ignoring the outpourings of the mutual appreciation society, it's still an impressive achievement to produce and ship over a billion dedicated GPUs in a 12-year period. However, with Intel and AMD investing heavily in integrating graphics technology into their CPUs, we could be seeing the start of the discrete GPU's decline, particularly at the low end of the wedge.

Do you think that Nvidia's achievement is an impressive feat that will continue, or will CPUs with integrated graphics take over from dedicated GPUs? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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cgthomas 13th January 2011, 14:32 Quote
home-made GPU's ftw
wuyanxu 13th January 2011, 14:38 Quote
i've bought 8 of them :D from Geforce 2 MX all the way to GTX 580.
chrismarkham1982 13th January 2011, 14:39 Quote
is their a prize for mentioning cheesecake in a reply me old cheesecake?
BRAWL 13th January 2011, 16:27 Quote
A gpu for 1/6th of the worlds population! Wonderful.
cgthomas 13th January 2011, 17:58 Quote
In response to my "home GPUs for the win"-comment I wold like to add that I just finished building my self made 6 transistor GPU. I'm playing Crysis at the moment with 0.005 FPS.
Cupboard 13th January 2011, 19:03 Quote
That's 0.00083 Frames/Second/Transistor.
A GTX580 has 3 Billion transistors, taking that as 3*10^9, if you scaled your graphics card up to that size you'd be getting 2.5 million FPS ;)
thehippoz 13th January 2011, 19:10 Quote
yeah huang have party.. give away 10 pound rice

yay for keeping things proprietary.. and cuda still sucks =]
cgthomas 13th January 2011, 21:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
That's 0.00083 Frames/Second/Transistor.
A GTX580 has 3 Billion transistors, taking that as 3*10^9, if you scaled your graphics card up to that size you'd be getting 2.5 million FPS ;)

Did I not mentioned I invented a super-strcture? :p
Eiffie 13th January 2011, 22:04 Quote
Hey quick question, what card is featured in the picture on this article. It looks quite hefty and I don't see a fan on there. That a passively cooled GPU? A recent model perhaps?
SchizoFrog 14th January 2011, 03:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eiffie
Hey quick question, what card is featured in the picture on this article. It looks quite hefty and I don't see a fan on there. That a passively cooled GPU? A recent model perhaps?

As I don't see a back plate either I would believe it is a stripped down GTX580...
Elton 14th January 2011, 06:17 Quote
Tesla Card?
Eiffie 14th January 2011, 10:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eiffie
Hey quick question, what card is featured in the picture on this article. It looks quite hefty and I don't see a fan on there. That a passively cooled GPU? A recent model perhaps?

As I don't see a back plate either I would believe it is a stripped down GTX580...

I thought so too but then I went to the last page of Bit-Tech's GTX580 review and it shows the card with no cover but the heatsink and fan setup is different than the one in that photo. . . it puzzles me
Eiffie 14th January 2011, 10:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
Tesla Card?

I think you got it right buddy, thanks!
kosch 14th January 2011, 11:51 Quote
Does the 1 Billionth one have a golden ticket inside it? :p
maverik-sg1 14th January 2011, 14:34 Quote
I have mostly been an Nvidia gpu person (with some ATI excursions along the way) since owning the geforce 256 (prvioius to that was s3 virge, PowerVR, 16mb rendition, 16mb banshee moved through, Geforce 2, Geforce 4000 series (3 models), the 5800 (started watercooling and overclocking - benchmarking), 5950, 6800GT (+sli), 6800ultra, 7800 (sli) 7900 (sli), 8800ultra, 9800gx2, gtx280 and just ordered the gtx570 - during this time I tried radeon 7000 series (my first ever ebay purchase),3d rage maxx (dual gpu single card, horrible drivers), AiW8500 (hot hot hot!!) X800, 3850 and 3850x2, none of which I really felt happy with - Radeon cards were not bad, just that we never really gelled - So never say never to Radeon cards and gpu competition is good for consumer choice.

So it's not surprising that Nvidia shipped so many gpu's over such a short period of time when my own gpu ratio NV Vs ATI is greater than 3-1 in favour of nvida.
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