High-end Fermi will ship this year

Written by Tim Smalley

October 3, 2009 // 2:10 a.m.

Tags: #architecture #fermi #geforce #shipping

A senior official inside Nvidia has said that they're "confident" that the high-end GF100 Fermi-based graphics cards will be released this year.

Nvidia's top executives have tried to remain tight-lipped about its release plans for its next-generation GeForce products, refusing to even talk about the graphics capabilities of the new Fermi chip in any great detail.

The execs have continually stated that the first cards will launch "on Tuesday", but weren't even ready to commit to a Q4 2009 or Q1 2010 launch officially. This is because the GPU is still in the bring up phase, which is where the engineering team checks for bugs and begins the process of productisation, which involves working out potential clock speeds, writing and optimising drivers and more.

It's good to hear some positive news about Fermi after the visual stunts on stage during the opening keynote.

There's no word on pricing or specific availability dates, but we'll keep digging for more. I've got quite a lot of information to decipher and sift through after many hours of probing Nvidia execs for more intricate Fermi architectural details. We'll be publishing a more detailed look at the new architecture (complete with some educated speculation on the graphics architecture based on the hints I've had this week) on bit-tech very soon.

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