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Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:49

Nvidia has 28nm sample chips

Written by Fuad Abazovic


TSMC made
We have very limited information, but we have just heard a quite spectacular piece of news - Nvidia already has 28nm samples of its new core.

It looks like the core is entry level, but it’s not conclusive and of course it is made in TSMC's High Metal gate 28nm process. We heard the GF1x9 as the codename, but we have to do some more digging.

The production of these actual chips won’t happen before the second half of 2011 but it is impressive to see that they already have some samples.

Globalfoundries should also be ready to get the first 28nm samples in this quarter, but we are not sure if AMD already got its silicon back. We expect this to happen soon as well.


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-6 #1 thaad 2010-11-04 12:09
Surely Radeon will lead the 28nm technology
 
 
+46 #2 xbasti07x 2010-11-04 12:34
what makes you think that?
 
 
-78 #3 Tr0y 2010-11-04 12:36
Quoting thaad:
Surely Radeon will lead the 28nm technology




You mean like Bulldozer will lead the 32nm technology?

No wait ... that was Intel 8) And they already ship 22nm samples. While AMD still does 40nm ...

AMD is the millstone around ATIs neck. I always liked ATIs hardware. But AMD was always lightyears behind state of the art technology.
 
 
-24 #4 Steve-O 2010-11-04 12:38
He's just going against whatever Fuad says, it's a common theme these days.
 
 
+53 #5 FoxMontage 2010-11-04 13:01
Quote:
and of course it is made in TSMC's High Metal gate 28nm process.

I think you mean High-K, Metal gate process, K being the dielectric constant of the transistor's gate oxide. Materials with higher K values allow for better coupling between the gate and the channel of the transistor, making it more efficient when turning it on and off.
 
 
+30 #6 Alexko 2010-11-04 13:02
Quoting xbasti07x:
what makes you think that?




ATI/AMD has reached every single process node sooner than NVIDIA since 90nm (included): http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/video/pcw/docs/360/923/p01.pdf

I don't know about dominating (though it seems quite likely) but AMD has every chance of getting there first.
 
 
+49 #7 Cartman 2010-11-04 13:04
When did Nvidia last time take leed in nm process??

First 65 nm gpu was Ati Hd 2600

First 55 nm gpu was Ati Hd 3870

First 40 nm gpu was Ati Hd 4770

6800 ultra was 130 nm

x800 xt pe was 130 nm

7800 Gtx was 110 nm

X1800 XT was 90 nm

8800 Gtx was 90 nm

HD 2900 Xt was 80 nm

8800 GT was 65 nm

Hd 3870 was 55 nm

GTX 280 was 65 nm

HD 4870 55 nm

Fermi is 40 nm, only LITTLE late on HD 5870

Blind people would see who goes on smaller procces in last few years.
Yea im shure Nvidia will be first with 28 nm. XD lol
 
 
-47 #8 thaad 2010-11-04 13:49
Quoting Cartman:
When did Nvidia last time take leed in nm process??

First 65 nm gpu was Ati Hd 2600

First 55 nm gpu was Ati Hd 3870

First 40 nm gpu was Ati Hd 4770

6800 ultra was 130 nm

x800 xt pe was 130 nm

7800 Gtx was 110 nm

X1800 XT was 90 nm

8800 Gtx was 90 nm

HD 2900 Xt was 80 nm

8800 GT was 65 nm

Hd 3870 was 55 nm

GTX 280 was 65 nm

HD 4870 55 nm

Fermi is 40 nm, only LITTLE late on HD 5870

Blind people would see who goes on smaller procces in last few years.
Yea im shure Nvidia will be first with 28 nm. XD lol


Yes...
 
 
-67 #9 Tr0y 2010-11-04 13:57
Quoting Alexko:
ATI/AMD has reached every single process node sooner than NVIDIA since 90nm (included)



ATI/AMD did not.

ATI did!

ATI is the company with visionary graphics cards. AMD is the company that's been always lightyears behind Intel.

ATI would have been so much better off alone.
 
 
+40 #10 loadwick 2010-11-04 14:20
Or if they got bought buy Intel and not AMD! They would have access to the very latest nm process and all the money they need to resolve any problems and get things shipped on time.

I don't think AMD buying ATI was a mistake as the 4xxx, 5xxx and now 6xxx all look/have been very good.

Maybe what the industry needs in Intel to buy nVidia!
 

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