Update: Nvidia Says Fermi Not Delayed

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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  • baddad
    If that's what it takes to do it right.

    hmmm thats my birth day! maybe ill get a graphics card :D for myself for my birthday
  • mlopinto2k1
    They should delay it forever, then they'll fit right in.
  • brendano257
    Hopefully they can make something good out of their extra time. Looking forward to seeing it.
  • Pei-chen
    I thought it was supposed to be released in March. This seems like an update rather than delay.
  • theubersmurf
    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.
  • trinix
    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.
  • pullmyfinger123
    Let's see how President of Nvidia making fun of this delay in his next set of cartoons.
  • JonathanDeane
    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.
  • Silmarunya
    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...