Nvidia Kepler GPUs to enter production soon

Nvidia's next-generation Kepler GPU is soon to go into full production, the company has announced.

The President and CEO of the company, Jensen Huang, revealed the news in a talk with investors, also saying that he expects the new line-up of graphics cards to be much more energy-efficient than its current Fermi generation. This isn't too much of a surprise, given that a die shrink traditionally brings with it reduced thermals and power requirements.

The last generation of GPU products was based on the 40nm process, so the move to 28nm will bring quite a drop in die size. Chip foundry TSMC recently announced that manufacture of 28nm hardware was in full swing, allowing AMD, Nvidia, Altera Qualcomm and Xilinx to begin putting together their own die-shrunk hardware.

No information was forthcoming about when Nvidia's new GPUs would be available for purchase - but with manufacture only just being announced now, the chances are Nvidia will be beaten by AMD's planned January launch of its next-gen 7000In series GPUs.

Fudzilla expects Nvidia's new hardware to come in sometime around March/April, near the launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips.That said, Nvidia really missed out on the Fermi generation launch, releasing almost six months behind rival AMD. This delay left AMD with a monopoly for such a period that it was difficult for Nvidia to really catch-up.