NVIDIA Allegedly Taps TSMC For RTX 40-series GPU Manufacturing

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅29.12.2021 20:47:41

Additions to the GeForce RTX 30-series, and perhaps even a 40-series tease, are
expected at the NVIDIA pre-CES press conference

We're now only a week away from the start of CES 2022 and less than a week until a raft of pre-event livestreams bombard us with the latest advancements from major manufacturers. NVIDIA's press conference is scheduled for 4pm GMT (8am PST) on Tuesday January 4th, but leaks are continuing to emerge prior to the big day. The latest is in regards to their upcoming RTX 40-series GPUs.

According to a report at mydrivers.com, the green team have contracted chip manufacturers TSMC for their RTX 40-series GPUs rather than returning to Samsung's 8nm node, or opting for the less advanced TSMC 7/6nm lithography. This should allow for the production of more densely packaged chips that rely on lower operating voltages, thus making them more power-efficient than their 30-series antecedents.

The move would indicate that NVIDIA are in no mood to merely consolidate the advantages wrought by the 30-series through some architectural tweaks, and would rather forge ahead through both architectural and process improvements.

It's been known for a little while that NVIDIA have been developing next-generation Lovelace and Hopper architectures. The former - named for Victorian-era mathematician Ada Lovelace - should be the basis for RTX 40-series consumer GPUs and broadly replace Ampere-based 30-series designs. Rumours state that the top-end Lovelace design may feature as many as 70% more CUDA cores than Ampere GA102 chips (which already boast a mind-boggling 10752 cores), and that doesn't account for ancillary RT and Tensor cores that seem sure to be a part of any RTX silicon.

Hopper-based silicon - named in tribute to American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper - is believed to be primarily tailored to professional environments similar to Volta and the oversized Ampere A100 chips. Cutting edge and experimental technologies (such as a rumoured Multi-Chip-Module 'MCM' topology) are likely to debut in Hopper first.

Tune into the NVIDIA pre-CES livestream at NVIDIA.com, or find the VoD at the same location after the event.

SOURCE: MyDrivers.com (using Google Translate).

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