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Fermi mid-life kicker coming sooner than you think

By: Array

All this talk of the 6xxx series from AMD, NVIDIA can get a little left out, not now.

 

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NVIDIA have the new Fermi rumours at a nice sizzle - a mid-life kicker Fermi could be coming out. It would help bridge the gap between Fermi's half-baked 40nm release and 2011's Kepler, 28nm.

 

At the moment, "Fermi 1.5" looks to be the 6xxx competition - there are no firm details on it yet, all we know is that "it's coming". But, I'm sure, like me and the rest of the TT team, being a fan of technology is great right now, and if you're a fan of GPU's - then the next 6 months is going to be great times.

 

New 6k series from AMD, and a possible Fermi 1.5 from NVIDIA - a tonne of new games to play them on out over the next few months!

 

Again, as we hear things - we'll keep you informed.

 

NVIDIA blames TMSC for Fermi's failures

By: Array

Thing's just can't go right for NVIDIA's Fermi - now an interview is out with Jen-Hsun Huang, in which he blames TMSC for Fermi's problems - all of it's performance issues, heat problems all TMSC's fault.

 

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He had the following to say: "The parasitic, umm, characterization from our foundries and the tools and the reality are simply not related. At all. We found that a major breakdown between the models, the tools and reality."

 

But, as Charlie says in his article (in which I agree with) if TMSC were completely at fault - then wouldn't all fabrication done at TMSC have had issues. AMD were able to release the 5xxx series to a smashing success and over 20, 000, 000 GPU's sold in the 5xxx family alone in under 12 months shows this.

 

Charlie also notes that Fermi's failed architecture will be felt in the industry for years - and NVIDIA pointing their finger at TMSC is the wrong thing to do.

 

I'd really love to be a fly on the wall at the green HQ in times like this...

 

GTC 2010 - Real-time beating heart simulation for doctors shows promise

By: Array

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

The next stop was at an NVIDIA demo station where we were shown a real-time rendered beating heart and just how it can be used in hospitals in the future to assist doctors to help patients with heart related issues in potentially a quicker and more accurate fashion.

 

 

Not only are would be doctors who implement this software able to measure and see real-time heart density data and blood flow, but using NVIDIA 3D Vision stereo technology, the doctors would be able to see it in 3D. It was mentioned in the video that this type of rendering has been possible in the past, but just one frame would take too long to render, hence making the technology pretty useless in a practical sense. In the video above, we see many thousands of particles moving around the heart and they indicate blood flow. Of course being an NVIDIA sponsored event, the video card GPU used to make this tech possible is a Quadro 6000.

 

Pretty incredible technology on display here. I think I would like my doctor to have access to this sort of real-time data if something were to happen to me. How about you?

 

GTC 2010 - Senior VP Dan Vivoli gives us a run-down of Day 1 events

By: Array

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

In this video we were able to get a few minutes with NVIDIA chap Dan Vivoli, a senior VP at the GPU firm, who gave us a solid run-down of the events that occurred yesterday at Day 1 of the GTC. He starts off by saying that this year there are about twice as many attendees from a range of different countries.

 

 

As far as technology goes, CUDA and GPUs is a big thing. Certain scientific software, medical software, mechanical software and content creation software with 3ds Max are all now GPU enabled with hardware acceleration. Dan is excited by this fact since now the 'four largest industry applications' are now fully covered with NVIDIA GPU acceleration. This is pretty big news for the green team.

 

There were plenty of other things announced, discussed and showcased at Day 1 of GTC 2010. Watch the video above for the full four minute or so run-down of events. More to come!

 

GTC 2010 - Quadro 6000 and RTT DeltaGen show real-time Porsche rendering

By: Array

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

Next up we ran into an NVIDIA product manager chap from the Quadro Professional Business Graphics line who gave us an introduction to one of its demo systems showcasing very impressive real-time rendering of a Porsche.

 

Combined with a system running an NVIDIA Quadro 6000 workstation video card, software from RTT called DeltaGen and multi-touch screen technology from PQ Labs, we were shown a demo which is used by car designers in the industry to create their new and upcoming models that we know and love.

 

 

In this demo we see a real-time rendering of a Porsche vehicle (sorry, I'm not up to scratch Porsche car models... 10 points to the first person to tell us which it is!) and in the software as you can see in the video below you are able to adjust certain aspects of the scene, such as the color paint job of the car. In turn you can see how those changes affect other aspects of the scene such as shadows in what looks to be a very realistic manner.

 

There will be more coming up from GTC 2010, so stay tuned.

 

NVIDIA releases roadmap for 2011 and 2013 GPUs

By: Array

NVIDIA turned quite a few heads today at their GPU Technology Conference today. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's biggest announcement was the roadmap they've set up for their future graphics products, including the next two core architectures codenamed "Kepler" and "Maxwell."

 

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Kepler's release is planned for 2011, with products using the core coming later in the year. Kepler is planned to be based around a 28nm fabrication process with three times more efficiency in DP FLOPS per watt than Fermi's architecture. Maxwell, slated for 2013, will be based on a 22nm fabrication process with eight times the efficiency of Fermi. These improvements will not only be based on core design, but changes in chip architecture, design, and software as well.

 

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ATI Catalyst driver updates now available on Steam

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AMD and Valve are teaming up to make the most current video card drivers available through the Steam platform. Gamers will be able to detect, download, and install Catalyst drivers directly through Steam instead of having to go to AMD's site.

 

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With Steam being one of the biggest online gaming platforms with over 25 million accounts, this was a nice decision on both teams parts to keep gamers up to date not only on their games but with their video card drivers as well. The first update that will be available will be Catalyst 10.9, and updates will only require a single click to get going.

 

Puget systems is giving away two GTS 450 video cards

By: Array

Puget Systems is a maker of some nice gaming computers and the company likes to use some of the newest hardware around inside those machines. The company has announced that it is having a contest for gamers to offer the chance to win one of two new NVIDIA video cards.

 

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The video cards in question are the new GTS 450 cards with MSRP of $129 that debuted this week. The new video cards are cheap and aimed at mainstream gamers with full support for DirectX 11 and 3D Vision technology. Entering the contest doesn't require anything that is time consuming.

 

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