NVIDIA kicks off 80 nm trials
DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA has kicked off 80 nm
process technology trials at both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Company (TSMC) and United Microelectrics Corp. (UMC.) This report
mirrors previous stories by DigiTimes that suggest ATI is also pursuing 80 nm
production at both TSMC and UMC. Like ATI, NVIDIA reportedly expects to
begin 80 nm production with mainstream parts. DigiTimes'
sources say NVIDIA plans to launch an 80 nm graphics processor based on
the same G73 core as its current GeForce 7600 graphics cards "at the end
of the third quarter," and that this chip will be followed by an 80 nm
version of the G72 core used in GeForce 7300-series cards.
On the red side of the arena, ATI estimates it
will begin its move to 80 nm production at TSMC in September. According
to DigiTimes' graphics card maker moles, ATI's first 80 nm products will
be RV570, RV560, RV516, and RV505 graphics processors. The RV570 and
RV560 will show up in respective sub-$300 Radeon X1900 and sub-$200
Radeon X1700 graphics cards, an older
report claims, while others will be introduced in ATI's budget lineup.