Nvidia to speed up 80nm GPU transition
ATI has already begun its transition to 80nm process technology, with its new Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1650 XT having launched last month and rumors pointing to an upcoming 80nm-based Radeon X1300CE. On the other side of the fence, Nvidia has yet to announce a single desktop GPU based on 80nm process technology. According to DigiTimes, though, Nvidia will be accelerating its transition to the new process and introducing die-shrunk versions of its G73 (GeForce 7600 series) and G72 (GeForce 7300 series) chips in the mainstream and low-end markets.
Previous rumors said TSMC was ready to start shipping 80nm G73 chips in September, and that cards based on the chips would include HDCP support by default. However, the cards were supposedly not intended for the retail market, and there appears to be no sign of them to date.