Nvidia pulls G98 graphics processor launch forward

Expect to see new mainstream Nvidia cards hitting stores next month rather than early next year, if a report by DigiTimes is accurate. The report quotes sources at Taiwanese graphics card makers that say Nvidia has pulled the launch of its G98 graphics chip forward from early January to early December.

The decision to change the schedule is reportedly a result of "buoyant" sales of Nvidia's G80-based GeForce 8800 GTS, GTX, and Ultra graphics cards as well as "growing attention" to the G92-based GeForce 8800 GT. The new G98 chip will be manufactured using 65nm process technology by both TSMC—the chief producer of GPUs for Nvidia—as well as UMC, due to concerns over the G92 ramp and "possible shortages" at TSMC.

DigiTimes says its sources expect the G98 to appear in new GeForce 8400 GS graphics cards, suggesting a price somewhere below the $100 mark. The G98 will fight it out in the mainstream market with AMD's upcoming RV620 chip, which is expected early next year.

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