Is Nvidia going to switch to 55nm in the second half of the year?
Since the introduction of the RV670 AMD uses the 55 nanometer structure. As digitimes reports under reference to an article of the Commercial Times, Nvidia is going to switch completely to the smaller process within this year.
There are said to be new 55 nm GPUs in addition to the G92b (Geforce 9800 GTX+). Among are the G96b, G94b and the G98b, which are said to be planned for August. The main reason for the transition are said to be the production costs - after all the GT200 is said to cost the company 100 US-Dollar per chip. With the new production process the company is said to be able to save 20 percent on average.
Until the end o f the year both, AMD's and Nvidia's, next generation are said to get their tape-out. Those are supposed to be produced in 40 nanometers structure by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing) or UMC (United Microelectronics Manufacturing).
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