NVIDIA Says Kepler GPUs Delayed Till 2012

Looks like Team Green fans won’t be able to celebrate an early Christmas this year, as its been about a year since NVIDIA said they would launch the new Kepler GPUs based on a 28nm process starting Q3 of this year. It’s the second half of 2011 already, and looks like the company broke out of their own silence and stated that Kepler won’t hit retail shelves until sometime in 2012. Here’s what NVIDIA spokesperson Ken Brown had to say,

Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn’t expect product to be available this year

Absolutely no mention of poor yields, but looks like this new line of GPUs are suffering the game fate of it’s predecessor – Fermi. Would this delay the 2013 slated date for the Maxwell GPUs that are next on their roadmap? Only time can tell.

TSMC Prepares for 28nm Production

At the start of next year, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) will start volume production of  its 28nm manufacturing process (according to Digitimes). They’ve been working at it in getting their equipment more capable for higher yields, and at the end of 2009 numbers were less than 50%. Now it sits at just over 90%, and before you’ll know it we’ll see much more powerful parts (e.g. CPUs and GPUs) than current existing low-cost and mid-range solutions. Currently it looks like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Xilinx are the few committed clients.