February 12, 2010
Nvidia names Fermi GF100 GPU
Based on the new GPU chip Nvidia will skip the 300 range of model numbers and start the new Fermi cards at the 400 level. The names of the 1st 2 new GPU’s to be released are GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470. Shipping date will we the 1st quarter of this year, meaning the end of March would be the latest date. This is going also to be Nvidia’s 1st chip to support DirectX 11. We do not know how the price of these is going to look, but for sure it will be ridiculously high. Some cool info, that may justify the price, they are expected to come with 1.5GB of memory with 3GB to 6GB versions to be made available labeled under the Quadro and Tesla versions. These new GPU’s are expected to be 400% faster than previous Nvidia chips in double-precision floating point operations.
I am wondering if the Fermi name comes from Enrico Fermi who was a US citizen from Italy that was a physicist that is know for his work on the world’s 1st nuclear reactor and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for his work on induced radioactivity. FYI he was also involved in the Manhattan Project, which was the codename for the project during WWII that developed the first atomic bomb.