We had no immediate use for the silicon fabrication plant where memories were made and had to shut it down - Andy Grove - Only the Paranoid Survive
NOT BEING ABLE to come close to the length of the our last update on the GT300, we won't try for short this time. To make up for the loss of income between now and then, it looks like Nvidia is going into pharmaceuticals*.
The big news on the GT300 is that Nvidia is promising partners will have it in mid-October. If it tapes out like we heard in June, lets just say June 1, that is a mighty tight timeline. Assuming four-week months for brevity, if you hot lot the test batches, you will get first silicon back in eight weeks.
That puts testing of A0 silicon starting August 1, and that will take about two weeks. If there are no bugs, or very minor ones, production can start on August 15, and that takes 10-12 weeks. Ten weeks from wafers in brings you to Nov 1, which is slightly after the claimed Oct 15 date.
Assuming the AIBs need a few days to build the boards and ship them, you likely won't see them on the shelves until mid-November at the earliest. All of this has the assumption that thing go perfectly, something that we have only heard of once in A0 GPU silicon.
If they have to do only one respin, that puts Nvidia out ten more weeks, eight for silicon, and two for testing. Nov 1 now becomes Jan 15. Since Nvidia is 'teh awsum' at making new parts of late, a second respin isn't all that much of a stretch, so it could be out around this time next year. We won't bring up why the GT212 was canned and the GT214 became the GT215, that would simply be impolite. We have no reason to badmouth TSMC like some greener folk who really should read DFM rules.
In any case, what do you do to make up the financial slack of late flagship products? Hit up your long lost cousin in Nigeria for a share of his $30,000,00,000 that he is trying to get out of the country? Win the Euro Lottery that you can't remember entering? Sell penis pills on Intertubes?
Melamine free, other substances are more questionable
Of the three, NV looks to have gone the pills route, but sadly not penis pills. Should you need generic painkillers from a dodgy source that could contain anything from melamine to speed, head right on over to the Nvidia forums, they can supply your needs. Think of it as a corporate tip jar with fringe benefits. µ
* Note Yeah, we know it isn't them per se, but it still is funny.
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