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Nvidia Confirms It Dropped Tesla Branding Years Ago

Nvidia A100
(Image credit: Nvidia)

As pointed out by Heise.de this week, Nvidia didn't use the Tesla moniker for its A100 GPU recently announced. Instead, the Ampere-based GPU is simply called the Nvidia A100. The publication suggested that it did this to avoid any confusion with Elon Musk's endeavor. 

We reached out to Nvidia to confirm this information, and indeed, we won't be seeing any more of Nvidia's scientific and data center GPUs branded as Tesla. 

In fact, according to the representative, Nvidia ditched the Tesla name back in 2018 with the Nvidia T4. However, Nvidia originally dubbed the GPU the Nvidia Tesla T4 before renaming it. 

"We began making the change after introducing our Turing-based Nvidia T4 GPU in the fall of 2018 to eliminate any confusion with Tesla Automotive," an Nvidia rep told Tom's Hardware. 

However, it's clear that not everybody noticed the change. That's not surprising though, given that Nvidia didn't make any announcement about the change.

  • Richm17
    Oh yeah? "years" you say? Then why were driver changelogs still referring to it just 12 months ago? For one example ::

    https://datacentersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds540051

    This section provides highlights of the NVIDIA Tesla 418 Driver, version 418.67 for

    Linux and 425.25 for Windows. For changes related to the 418 release of the NVIDIA

    display driver,

    Nvidia has some on their own pages too. Even their "V100" Page still refers to Tesla NVlink.
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  • folem
    Imagine how shocked I was to go to Nvidia's website to see Tesla branding is still there.
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