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Update: Nvidia Says Fermi Not Delayed

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Hold on to this Fermi until March, will ya?

Fermi is Nvidia's next big thing. Nvidia bills Fermi as an entirely new ground-up design that will finally realize the potential of GPU computing – using the graphics card for more than just pushing pixels and driving them to your display.

"It is completely clear that GPUs are now general purpose parallel computing processors with amazing graphics, and not just graphics chips anymore," said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia. "The Fermi architecture, the integrated tools, libraries and engines are the direct results of the insights we have gained from working with thousands of CUDA developers around the world. We will look back in the coming years and see that Fermi started the new GPU industry."

The Fermi GPU will pack 3 billion transistors, making it one mammoth chip - bigger than anything from ATI - but with that ambition comes challenges.

If this Digitimes report is to be believed, Nvidia has hit a snag or two in its plans to launch Fermi and has now pushed back the date to March 2010.

Digitimes' sources also noted that ATI is expected to launch the 40nm Radeon HD 5670/5570 (Redwood) and HD 5450 (Cedar) GPUs at the end of January or in February 2010.

Update: Nvidia responded to this report saying that it announced in a previous conference call that Fermi would ship sometime in the first quarter of 2010, meaning that there hasn't been any real delay in release time frame.

“We are excited about the attention surrounding GF100 as it forms the foundation for the fastest and most feature rich graphics cards ever designed," said Nvidia's Bryan Del Rizzo. "Great things come to those that wait, and the wait will be over in Q1 as we have said previously. The release date has not changed since our initial comments last November."

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    pullmyfinger123 , December 28, 2009 4:02 PM
    Let's see how President of Nvidia making fun of this delay in his next set of cartoons.
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    njkid3 , December 28, 2009 4:19 PM
    larabee meet fermi
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    baddad , December 28, 2009 3:54 PM
    If that's what it takes to do it right.
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  • 24 Hide
    baddad , December 28, 2009 3:54 PM
    If that's what it takes to do it right.
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    LATTEH , December 28, 2009 3:54 PM
    march

    hmmm thats my birth day! maybe ill get a graphics card :D  for myself for my birthday
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    brendano257 , December 28, 2009 3:57 PM
    Hopefully they can make something good out of their extra time. Looking forward to seeing it.
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    Pei-chen , December 28, 2009 4:01 PM
    I thought it was supposed to be released in March. This seems like an update rather than delay.
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    theubersmurf , December 28, 2009 4:01 PM
    Reminds me of ATI's launch of DX10 compatible parts. Nvidia had their parts available, and it took a few months for ATI to get their parts out the door.
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    trinix , December 28, 2009 4:01 PM
    And in other news DNF will release next year.

    hmm, wouldn't it have been better not to build such a HUGE chip for once. I know they think it will work, but it just means they will have more 340-379 cards (whatever number they will give it) and less of the performance cards of 380+.

    I hope they made a smart choice while designing the chip, that even if parts fails, they still can make a good chip from it. But more smaller chips would have been better if you ask me.
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 28, 2009 4:02 PM
    Let's see how President of Nvidia making fun of this delay in his next set of cartoons.
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    JonathanDeane , December 28, 2009 4:05 PM
    Maybe they found some problem with it and needed a little more time to fix it? It sounds like it is going to be one complex piece of silicon.
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    Silmarunya , December 28, 2009 4:07 PM
    That's bad news... So far ATI hasn't been able to fully cash in on their DX11 lead due to supply troubles, but just as these are getting fixed Nvidia announces another delay. I hear champagne corks flying in the ATI headquarters.

    Have they taken to much hay on their pitchfork? Every statement they release boasts about the sheer scale of Fermi, yet it's always accompanied by another delay. It's windy at the top...
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    atticus052 , December 28, 2009 4:10 PM
    Still Q1 2010, I'd rather see a working chip come later than a flawed chip to I can pull some hair out of my head for a few months sooner.
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    njkid3 , December 28, 2009 4:19 PM
    larabee meet fermi
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    SneakySnake , December 28, 2009 4:25 PM
    ATI's rumored to have a 5890 in the works, so however powerful Fermi is, ATI's is gonna have a response by either releasing a cheaper 5890, or taking back the performance crown with the 5890. Nvidia is really shooting themselves in the foot here. What are they gonna do when ATI lowers the price the the 5850 and 5870 by a $100 making it a way better bang for your bang then Fermi. And by march ATI is gonna have all of its low and mid range cards out, which are the true money makers for a GPU company.

    Sigh, i think Nvidia is falling behind
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    Anonymous , December 28, 2009 4:31 PM
    Fermi will be a monster. Hope it is released soon
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    fatkid35 , December 28, 2009 4:33 PM
    this bodes well for me. i can smell a $200 5850 in my future.fermi will be powerful but i'm a value shopper, not a power shopper.
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    envolva , December 28, 2009 4:33 PM
    Delays are fine, but how much this monster will cost?
    Will Fermi ever deliver a comparable price/performance ratio?
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    Anonymous , December 28, 2009 4:35 PM
    Why are you showing that image? It's been prove that it was a film that nothings has to do with nVidia!
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    dark_lord69 , December 28, 2009 4:36 PM
    My prediction:
    nVidia's new cards will be very fast and a bit overpriced.
    ATI will fight back against nVidia's flagship by releasing the 5890.
    Depending on the performance of the nVidia cards ATI may pull ahead or they may still be behind which will for ATI to release thier new flagship at a lower price. ATI may still try to attain the top spot thus causing them to release a higher performing card. 5900 series maybe? Only time will tell but I like to see that nVidia is trying to innovate and I am excited to see the benchmarks for these new "Fermi" cards.
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    aethm , December 28, 2009 4:39 PM
    I think nVidia was surprised by the current ATI performance and had to delay in order to bring them up to par. I think their constant mention of Cuda technology and virtually nothing on the "pixel pushing" supports this assertion. Maybe they are on to something... but it's not going to be significant in this generation of cards. Most software doesn't even need the computing power a core i7 provides. Why do we need parallel co-processing via GPU? nVidea made a monster chip that will most likely under perform where it matters, and cost a fortune.
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    cyberkuberiah , December 28, 2009 4:43 PM
    SneakySnakeATI's rumored to have a 5890 in the works, so however powerful Fermi is, ATI's is gonna have a response by either releasing a cheaper 5890, or taking back the performance crown with the 5890. Nvidia is really shooting themselves in the foot here. What are they gonna do when ATI lowers the price the the 5850 and 5870 by a $100 making it a way better bang for your bang then Fermi. And by march ATI is gonna have all of its low and mid range cards out, which are the true money makers for a GPU company.Sigh, i think Nvidia is falling behind


    yeah , the first point of improvement would be to increase the memory width by a bit in spite of gddr5 ... 256 bits gddr5 is quite good , but look at how the 5770 underperforms compared to 4890 having all the same theoretical specs for everything else except the memory width .
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