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Nvidia Delays Fermi Until March

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Nvidia Delays Fermi Until March

While there is much excitement about the next generation Fermi graphics chip that Nvidia unveiled back in October, the rather more sobering fact is the company appears to be struggling to deliver it.

DigiTimes reports Nvidia now plans to have its first Fermi-based graphics cards ready in March. This is the second delay after it pushed the original November 2009 launch back to January 2010. Fermi cards will be fabricated at 40nm, making them faster and more efficient, use GDDR5 memory and also support DirectX 11.

The problem for Nvidia is that ATI is expected to have its comparable 40nm graphics cards ready in late January/early February. This rather turns the tables, since Nvidia would have beaten ATI out of the traps by a considerable margin had it managed to hit its original November launch target. Now it will be lagging behind.

DigiTimes reports Nvidia has declined to comment on unannounced products while ATI has kept quiet so far which suggests these reports aren't far off the money. That said, the duo use more NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) between them than the rest of the tech industry combined so we wouldn't expect a public statement anyway.

If you work for ATI or Nvidia then we wish you a Happy New Year, because I suspect free time over Christmas was rather short-lived.


via DigiTimes

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December 29, 2009, 11:12 pm

So much for the can of whoop ass that Nvidia were gonna open up. They are neck deep in it and its going to get worse.


December 30, 2009, 5:33 am

With games developers falling further and further behind I do wonder if ATI and nVidia are shooting themselves in the foot by continuing to release high end graphics cards.


December 30, 2009, 3:47 pm

Errrr..... am I missing something? I thought the 5 series ATI cards were already 40nm - that's why they've been having such massive supply problems, because TSMC's 40nm process is supposedly only hitting 40% yields. Indeed, your own review of the 5870 said:

"Today, then, we're looking at the HIS HD 5870, a card based on AMD's new RV870 GPU (codenamed Cyprus). This new chip is only the second graphics chip (after the much more modest one that powered the HD 4770) to be manufactured on a 40nm process"

I thought the only ATI 5 series cards left to come were the very low end ones, whereas Nvidia (like ATI) usually brings out the top of the range cards first. Do you know something covered by an NDA about ATI and even more cards? :)

@Xiphias - thankfully there is still competition between ATI and Nvidia. Otherwise you're right that the last gen cards are probably still more than enough for most people on even reasonably large displays. But if they don't bring out something faster (and hotter...), how are they going to sell more cards?


January 1, 2010, 12:39 am

I guess part of it is the persuit of DirectX 11.


January 1, 2010, 1:10 pm

Fermi has to dominate the benchmarks when it comes out, or nVidia will just have to survive on the (admittedly much more lucrative) scientific sector.

r cooper

March 13, 2010, 9:46 pm

what about us , were the user , and just cant keep on track, leastsway i find it hard

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