NVIDIA first to GDDR3 with 5700 Ultra
The Register is reporting that NVIDIA has signed Samsung to provide GDDR3 memory for GeForce FX 5700 Ultra graphics cards. NVIDIA claims that their GDDR3-equipped 5700 Ultras will be the first GDDR3 parts to market, which is quite a feat considering that GDDR3 was developed by ATI.
The fact that NVIDIA is deploying GDDR3 with its 5700 Ultra suggests the company may have adopted ATI's strategy of experimenting with new technology on mid-range graphics products rather than on high-end gear. Given NVIDIA's initial problems with NV30 and ATI's success rolling out new fabrication technologies for its RV3x0 line, that may be a wise move.