Kepler has arrived ... sort of
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2011 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, kepler, GK117, GK107
The news on the street is that two chips from NVIDIA's Kepler lineup should be arriving relatively soon, but don't get too excited. The GK117 will be a hybrid Fermi/Kepler card, not a GPU but perhaps a powerful addition to any render farm or other application which can benefit the new architecture. It could also just be a test chip the NVIDIA created to test the integration capabilities of the two architectures. The GK107 seems to likely be a mobile part, something SemiAccurate dismisses quickly as it will have to compete with the integrated GPUs present in both AMD and Intel mobile chips.
There is no sign of the Kepler everyone is waiting for, the GPU that will power NVIDIA's next generation of graphics cards. Why haven't we seen any sign of it yet? Drop by SemiAccurate for speculation on some of the possible reasons.
"Nvidia has two Kepler parts taped out and likely back in house by now. They are however, not the fire-breathing big chips you would expect.
Sources tell SemiAccurate that the first Kepler chips taped out about three months after the first 28nm Fermi shrink taped out. If you remember when we exclusively told you about the dates on those about a month ago, now there are a few more details to add."
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