Tuesday, September 21st 2010

# NVIDIA Names Fermi Architecture Successors

At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), an annual event hosted by NVIDIA, the company named the next two succeeding GPU architectures to Fermi (the current generation architecture on which are based GeForce 400 series GPUs). NVIDIA's next major GPU design change will come in the form of "Kepler", probably named after the German mathematician Johannes Kepler. The only concrete details about this architecture is that chips will be built on the 28 nanometer silicon fabrication process, and that going by the architecture's double-precision GPU compute performance per Watt represented on a graph, NVIDIA expects Kepler to be 4~5 times faster than Tesla, and over twice as fast as Fermi, again, at double-precision GPU compute performance per Watt.

Kepler is slated for 2011, though which part of the year will it be out (since AMD's answer to Fermi isn't far away), wasn't revealed. Looking much further away into the future, much like Intel mentioned Sandy Bridge's successor (Gesher) way back when unveiling Nehalem, NVIDIA talked about Kepler's successor slated for 2013. This one is called Maxwell, probably in honour of Scottish mathematician James Maxwell, with expectations of no less than three times the double-precision computation power per Watt of Kepler. These chips will be built on the 22 nanometer process.Source: PC Perspective

Kepler is slated for 2011, though which part of the year will it be out (since AMD's answer to Fermi isn't far away), wasn't revealed. Looking much further away into the future, much like Intel mentioned Sandy Bridge's successor (Gesher) way back when unveiling Nehalem, NVIDIA talked about Kepler's successor slated for 2013. This one is called Maxwell, probably in honour of Scottish mathematician James Maxwell, with expectations of no less than three times the double-precision computation power per Watt of Kepler. These chips will be built on the 22 nanometer process.Source: PC Perspective

69 CommentsonNVIDIA Names Fermi Architecture SuccessorsHope they can move on to quickly as well, they need to compete better w/ AMD so we can get video cards that sell for less than original MSRP 9 months after release :

On the other hand, when do we get Gauss and Euler? :p

EDIT: PS, Kriej, I believe the efficiency per watt would be determinant on individual hardware (and software!) of each person, therefore no computer would be exactly the same. It would be neat impossible to convert PpW into FPS for many reasons, one of being which the equation would be longer than Erocker's epeen, which is pretty damn long they tell me.

I like their choices of names; I suppose they're saving the 'Einstein' one.

I WANT PRICE WAR:pimp:

Graph is based on Moore's law double the power every 18 mos, if you keep doubling then its an exponential curve. I do agree with you that its a little steep tho.

If it's anything like the GF100 problems, what about...Laurel and ....Hardy.

But seriously. Plans are one thing, it'll be nice to see the design specs when they are able to release them.

And another but seriously... It wont have any effect on AMD 6 series as they will have their own 28nm process too. Let's hope they both (28nm processes) work well and come out at the same time so we, the consumers get a competitive market again.

One last seriously.... I think AMD might screw us all over with the 6 series as NV don't have anything on hand to fight it yet - assuming the hype is true.

Roll on DX15......

Mar 19, 2010, 11:30 AM

They show Fermi as 2009, they were how many months late? So to say they plan on 2011, means perhaps they will get product to reviewers in 2012?

Fast and efficient with a nice price is all i ask.

I'm with you on that one, certianly don't hope it sucks :laugh:

Still I believe they need to reign in power usage just as AMD has. There are knock on effects such as cheaper PCBs, and more systems that can take a card when power is lower. Also less power, means less heat, which inadvertently might allow higher clocks. I think it's their only option.

The market does need continued competition, so I hope things happen faster this time. As I understand it, Fermi was a ground-up redesign so they should just be building on that for a few generations.

Even Maxwell's equations were derived from Faraday and Gauss.

Fermi was the practical physicists of the 20th century. I place him even with Einstien.

Oh and nice to see Nvidia's planning ahead.