From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp., the world’s largest supplier of discrete graphics processing units, reportedly readies two new higher-end graphics processors that are set to be launched late this year and in the first quarter of 2009.
A slide from a presentation by Elsa, a supplier of Nvidia-based graphics cards, shows that Nvidia plans to release code-named GT206 product made using 55nm process technology sometime in late 2008 or early 2009. Another product that the roadmap reveals is code-named GT212, which is set to be produced using 45nm process technology and which is due in Q1 2009 or even later.
The new GT206 chip is positioned as a substitute for Nvidia GeForce GTX 260, hence, is likely to be a version of Nvidia G200/GT200 chip made using thinner process technology that is not supposed to be a top-of-the-range offering. Earlier it was rumoured that Nvidia prepared code-named G200b/GT200b to replace the G200/GT200 due to overwhelming manufacturing costs of the latest flagship graphics processing unit.
Based on the slide, the code-named Nvidia GT212 chip is a replacement for Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 in the premium class segment. No details are given regarding specifications, capabilities or relative performance compared to the currently available graphics processing unit.
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