Rumors about GeForce3 successor 'nv25'
As ReactorCritical already reported a few days ago with reference to the c't, ELSA is planning new professional graphics cards with the nv17 and nv25. These two new chips from nVidia should supposedly be available from January or February next year.
But it seems , nVidia is anything but satisfied with the progress that the chip manufacturer TSMC is currently able to achieve. According to reports from The Inquirer , not only nVidia, but also Transmeta and Broadcom seem to be looking for alternatives for the production of their chips in 0.13µ. The former apparently fear that the process will not be ready for series production until the beginning of the second quarter, which is apparently too late for a launch of the nV17 and nV25 chips. The market launch of the GeForce3 chip was also delayed by a few months due to problems with the yield at TSMC and it seems that nVidia does not want to risk that again, now that ATi has come ominously close to them with the Radeon8500. According to c't , the cards planned by ELSA are to come out in two variants per chip, i.e. a total of four differently clocked models. The Synergy IV based on the NV17 should be available with 250/200MHz with SDR-SDRAM and with 300/300MHz DDR-RAM for each chip and the 64MB built-in memory. The high-end models of the Gloria IV series equipped with 128MB should be a little higher with 275/250MHz DDR and 300/330MHz DDR. What both have in common is the ability to control two flat screens in parallel via DVI outputs. Interestingly, it is speculated that, similar to the Xbox GPU, the vertex shader will be designed twice, but not the pixel shader. What would still make sense with professional graphics cards, could turn out to be a bottleneck if it were implemented 1: 1 in the mainstream version, as thecurrent GeForce3 ti500 in DX8 scenarios is apparently no longer slowed down by its memory throughput, but by the shader unit.