ill not be able to sell graphics chips based on 28nm technology this year, but according to some details of the product that have been published online we should not have to wait very long. The manufacturer of the graphics card has a dozen new mobile GPU on the way to the N13 series, which should be ready for mass production in December.
As most readers here are probably Nvidia recently deployed their top models of mobile N12 series, more commonly known as the GForce 500M series.
Now the website Semi-Accurate have acquired what they claim is Nvidia’s plan for the next generation of mobile graphics chips all made with 28nm technology and the members of the upcoming series N13. The basic architecture will remain more or less the same (based on the Fermi architecture), but with the transition to 28nm we can expect to see significant improvements in energy efficiency and hopefully a side effect, better performance in your next laptop game.
According to the document, Nvidia ten different mobile graphics processors in the pipeline with a power consumption from 15 watts to 75 watts depending on the model. It seems that the products mimic the current range and divided into three distinct categories M-N13 for the general public, N13 P for performance and N13 E, which means graphics amateur class.
Most chips are found in the P class, but it is reasonable to expect additional models later, especially in the series M. The document suggests that Nvidia will enter the test phase and the M P variants in early October and put into mass production in late December.
The first two models most powerful E, on the other hand, will apparently wait until January and top models (including a possible GTX 680M) will not go into mass production until April / May 2020.
In addition to information on energy consumption, the amount of memory and the width of the memory bus, the 3DMark performance numbers are also mentioned. We assume that it is because 3DMark Vantage scores are too low to 3DMark 06, but too optimistic for 3DMark 11. The numbers are still quite impressive, with the E series producing 14,000, 15,000 and 20,000 points respectively.
Assuming that Nvidia continues with their naming structure, it would be the GTX 660M, 680M and 670 millions. For comparison, the current GeForce GTX 580M product usually least 15,000 points 3DMark Vantage and the same goes for the current leader, Radeon HD 6990M from AMD.
Overall, this essentially confirms the N13 series is a more efficient version of the Fermi family. It also implies that the Kepler architecture will have to wait to come later and probably will not happen until the second or third quarter of 2012.