IBM to help NVIDIA produce graphics chips

— 12:03 AM on March 26, 2003

We all know that NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5800 Ultra cards are still pretty hard to come by. Isn't it ironic for NVIDIA to enlist Big Blue's help in cloning and propagating its flagship GPU?

As previously reported, Nvidia had to delay the introduction of the top-of-the-line GeForce FX processor in part due to TSMC, its only manufacturer at the time, making a transition from a 180-nanometer manufacturing process to a new 130-nanometer process. The change to a new process allows chipmakers to produce smaller, faster and less power-hungry chips
An official announcement from NVIDIA anad IBM is expected later today. If you ask me, this is a very good move for NVIDIA. Hopefully, this means that we will get to see more GeForce FX 5800 Ultra video cards in the marketplace. In fact, some online vendors are claiming to have Ultra cards in stock—at long last. If nothing else, increased supply should help some people avoid making embarrassing purchases like this one, right? Thanks to MJS for brightening my day.
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