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NVIDIA takes wraps off Fermi, next-gen GT300 CUDA GPU

512 cores and up to 6GB GDDR5

By Steve Dougherty from Oct 1, 2009 @ 4:00 CDT

Today NVIDIA introduced its next-gen CUDA GPU architecture (GT300) at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California which it calls "Fermi", named after the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi who invented the nuclear reactor.

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Key information about the next-gen chip comprises the following :-

• Transistor count of over 3 billion
• Built on the 40 nm TSMC process
• 512 shader processors (which NVIDIA may refer to as "CUDA cores")
• 32 cores per core cluster
• 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface
• 1 MB L1 cache memory, 768 KB L2 unified cache memory
• Up to 6 GB of total memory, 1.5 GB can be expected for the consumer graphics variant
• Half Speed IEEE 754 Double Precision floating point
• Native support for execution of C (CUDA), C++, Fortran, support for DirectCompute 11, DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, and OpenCL

NVIDIA's press release on Fermi can be found here. There's also a bunch of info and presentation slides shared out over at Legit Reviews.

NEWS SOURCES:Brightsideofnews.com

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