Nvidia announces Fermi-based Tesla GPUs

Don't we all love a good paper launch? Fermi-based graphics processors may not be ready for stores just yet, but that hasn't stopped Nvidia from announcing its first Tesla products based on the new architecture. These Tesla 20-series offerings include two workstation cards and two quad-GPU workstation systems, all of which Nvidia expects to make available in the second quarter of next year.

We already went over what Fermi brings to the high-performance computing stage in our detailed look at the architecture in September. Some of the highlights include: compliance with the IEEE 754-2008 standard, ECC memory capabilities, a multi-level cache hierarchy, and of course, a sizeable increase in processing resources. Nvidia claims single Tesla 20-series GPUs can achieve 520-630 gigaFLOPS of double-precision, floating-point number-crunching power.

The two workstation cards are the Tesla C2050, which will cost $2,499 and support up to 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and the Tesla C2070, which will set you back $3,999 and have room for 6GB of onboard GDDR5 RAM. Nvidia quotes a 9.75" board length and 190W "typical" power consumption for both products.

For datacenters, Nvidia will also offer the $12,995 Tesla S2050 and $18,995 Tesla S2070. Both products will cram four Fermi-based GPUs within a 1U system with total double-precision performance of 2.1-2.5 teraFLOPS. Per-GPU memory capacities will be the same as for the workstation cards, so the S2050 will offer up to 12GB in total, and the S2070 will carry up to twice that.

What about Fermi-based GeForces? Nvidia hasn't announced any products just yet, but it does say in the press release, "As previously announced, the first Fermi-based consumer (GeForce®) products are expected to be available first quarter 2010."

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