Nvidia first to market with 80nm GPUs
The release of the GeForce Go 7700 mobile graphics processor, which launched earlier this month along in conjunction with a new Asus notebook, has given Nvidia a lead over ATI in the race to 80nm process technology. According to DigiTimes, the G73M-B1 graphics processor, also known as the GeForce Go 7700, is the first mobile GPU to be produced using TSMC's 80nm process. The article says Nvidia is also planning to kick off an 80nm G73-B1 graphics chip for a new GeForce 7650 GS desktop graphics card towards the end of this month.
Meanwhile, ATI has reportedly scheduled its first 80nm desktop parts—the RV570 and RV560—to appear on October 17. Previous reports have suggested the two chips will appear in the Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1650 XT graphics cards at prices of $199-249 and $149-199, respectively.