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NVIDIA next gen Hopper GPU: arrives after Ampere to smash Intel, AMD

NVIDIA's next gen Hopper GPU should be a monster MCM design

By: Anthony Garreffa from Dec 9, 2019 @ 19:46 CST

The next GPU architecture we get from NVIDIA will be Ampere, but we're already hearing about the GPU architecture after that in the form of Hopper.

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Hopper will reportedly be an MCM design or multi-chip module -- think of the multi-chip GPU design as the chiplet technology that has allowed AMD to leapfrog Intel in the CPU market... But for next-gen GPUs.

A recent patent unearthed by 'kopite7kimi with NVIDIA choosing Hopper to represent the late Grace Hopper, who was a computer scientist who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. Her work led the world into the creation of COBOL, the high-level programming language.

That's all we know for now in regards to Hopper, but an MCM design from NVIDIA has been teased before. Back in July 2017, I reported rumors of NVIDIA working on a new MCM design that would see them shifting to many smaller GPU modules versus the traditional "monolithic" GPU.

I would dare say an MCM design would first hit the HPC market before it will be used in the consumer/gaming GeForce graphics cards. But, I think with fierce competition in the consumer graphics card space next year with Navi 20 from AMD, and the first Intel discrete GPU since the Intel i740 sometime in late-2020, we should expect future consumer graphics cards to shift towards MCM.

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