NV48 to emerge in 2005
Despite rumors to the contrary, DigiTimes is reporting that NVIDIA has not canned its NV48 graphics chip. The chip is expected to debut in the second quarter of next year and face off against ATI's high-end offerings. Built using 110-nano process tech, NV48 should be cheaper to manufacture than the 130-nano chips that power NVIDIA's current GeForce 6800 series. However, NV48 may have to go up against ATI's next-gen R520 graphics chip, which will be built using 90-nano process tech. Let's hope that ATI has more luck with advanced fabrication technologies than NVIDIA did with NV30.