Nvidia is expected to release the third generation of Tegra platform
this year. The company is also expected to the "Maxwell" Chips using
Project Denver in 2013, the first chips that will combine an ARM CPU,
with NVIDA GPUs for super-computing.
Nvidia is moving into the fast-growing mobile business, combining
low-powered processors designed by ARM with its own graphics
processors under the Tegra brand name for telephones and tablets.
Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform appeared earlier this month CES 2011 and
will power many products including the Motorola Xoom and the first
dual-core smartphone - the LG Optimus 2X.
In an interview with Hexus.net
web site, NVIDIA's Tegra GM Mike Rayfield
hinted that the company's third generation of the Tegra platform -
Tegra 3 - will launch this year.
"I'm going to come pretty close to my cadence of a launch every
year," said Rayfield. "It will be in production around the same time
as my competitors' first dual-cores will."
Mr. Rayfield also talked aboout the Project Denver
, NVIDIA's chip design that will
combine an ARM CPU core with an Nvidia GPU core in a singe chip and
will find its way to high-end computers.
"As well as licensing Cortex A15, we also have an architectural
license with ARM to produce an extremely high performance ARM CPU,
which be combined with NVIDA GPUs for super-computing," he said. When
we asked for timescales, Rayfield revealed: "The Maxwell generation
will be the first end-product using Project Denver. This is a far
greater resource investment for us than just licensing a design."
According to Nvidia's CUDA GPU roadmap, the 22nm "Maxwell" chips will
appear in 2013 following the released of the 28nm "Kepler" generation
in the end of 2011.
Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang these new chips will consume "a
little more" power than the current generation Fermi chips Fermi
chips but they will also be faster. The Kepler processor will be
three to four times faster than Nvidia's current Fermi chip
generation, Huang said
at the at Nvidia's GPU technology
conference last September. The Maxwell chips will be ten to 12 times
the power of Fermi, Huang added.