While Nvidia's Malachowsky looks forward to the expanded checks, he's already seeing some good results with Verix.Now that is one huge chip. For comparison, the GeForce is large at 23 million transistors. A quick check of our handy CPU table will tell you that a Pentium III contains just over 28 million transistors, while an Athlon T-bird weighs in at 37 million transistors.
Malachowsky said Nvidia is using Verix on submodules for a 50 million-transistor chip.
Let's assume the chip they're working on is their next-gen graphics core, the NV20. What do you think the NV20 is packing that could make it so hefty? Some totally speculative possibilites:
- A fair amount of embedded memory on the chip
- A sound processor, finally fulfilling NVIDIA's orignial vision for an integrated media processor
- A huge frickin' heap of 3D goodness, with massive complexity
- Maybe this isn't the NV20; maybe it's a North Bridge motherboard chip with integrated video (and sound?)