Nvidia's Fermi flies out of the starting gate

  • We reported on the introduction of Nvidia's Fermi architecture earlier.

    But now a real chip expert, David Kanter, has taken a real in depth view of what Nvidia's proposing.

    Kanter, who works forReal World Tech, said that Nvidia has intended its graphics processors to become more like CPUs, and Fermi is moving in that direction - "leaving behind many of the more charming, but baroque, elements of GPU architecture."

    That means, he says, that Fermi is obviously aimed at the HPC market. He adds that the investment in programmability comes at a cost because the resources die area and power involved in HPC don't benefit gaming, which is the volume driver for graphic processor volumes.

    The complete analysis of the Fermi architecture is available here.