ATi/AMD is again ahead of the game in the Direct X world. At Computex in Taipei they showed off the first demo of a GPU running DX11. This steals some of the thunder out of nVidia's claim that they will be the first to market with DX11 parts.
Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries were on hand to celebrate the moment. TSMC showed off a 40nm Wafer as if to show that they can actually make 40nm products despite the leakage problems.
nVidia has not talked about DX11 yet at Computex but has shown some 40nm products with DX10.1
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The demo, aptly dubbed "Knight" - as in AMD's knight in shining armour we assume - was probably the biggest news to emerge from AMD in awhile and was all the more special for its heavy use of tessellation technology, which apparently allows for more realistic and detailed surfaces.
Both TSMC and Global Foundries reps were present at the event, although, sadly, both firms were on their best behaviour, so there were no daggers drawn at dawn in Taipei today.
TSMC presented its new DX11 wafer - probably in a desperate bid to assert its confidence that it can indeed deliver the goods with its leaky 40nm process.