nV30 development costs $ 400 million
In yesterday's conference call, nVidias CEO Huang had to provide shareholders with information about current business and prospects. In addition to the usual business reports, the nVidia boss also referred to a few interesting details regarding the nV30 and the partnership with Microsoft and TSMC.
TSMC, the Taiwanese chip manufacturer where nVidia has its GPUs manufactured, had been accused time and again in the past of being responsible for the late presentation of the nV30, which is now expected for mid-November, due to massive problems when switching to the silicon-saving 0.13µ process.
This is now finally under control, including the inclusion of copper cables in the production. At nVidia they seem to be pleased about the yield and stability of the production with copper interconnects, which at the time allowed the AMD Athlon to jump in clock frequency.
Also due to this technology (read between the lines: new for graphics chips) If the development of the nV30 had swallowed up the record sum of more than 400 million US dollars so far, they are now very confident about future projects. Jen-Hsun Huang literally referred to TSMC as the best production facility in the world.
Who knows, maybe the nV30 can hardly convince even the last skeptics, like the author of these lines, with regard to the possible clock frequency may believe in a clock speed of more than 350MHz.
The CEO also lost a few words about the dispute with Microsoft that the differences were exclusively of a financial nature, technical and otherwise they worked together excellently. Overall, one hopes for an upturn in the overall market, especially from future graphics crackers like Doom3.
As reported by 3DChipset.com and how also in the alreadyexisting comments was noted, the nV30 is supposed to be delivered from January 2003. This is entirely possible, but in no way emerges from the Conference Call , in which Jen-Hsun Huang clearly does not speak of the first quarter of 2003 but literally 'our january quarter'. These shareholder conference calls are now primarily about financial matters, so it can be safely assumed that he meant nVidia's financial January quarter, which ends in January [i]. In addition, the term 'our [...] quarter' would otherwise be a little pointless.