Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Business Briefing
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Nvidia Struggles To Keep Up with GPU Chip Demand
Nvidia Struggles To Keep Up with GPU Chip Demand

By Mark Long
May 11, 2012 2:06PM

    Bookmark and Share
Demand for Nvidia's new GPUs, based on Kepler architecture, for desktop PCs was so strong in the first quarter that it exceeded Nvidia's supply. Moreover, NVidia's Kepler-based GeForce 600M offerings for notebooks racked up record revenue on the ramp up of the Intel Ivy Bridge platform. The Tegra 3 processors also drove profits.
 

Related Topics

Nvidia
Kepler
GPU
Tegra


Nvidia reported robust first-quarter results on Friday -- driven by high demand for products based on the company's graphics processor unit offerings as well as strong sales of quad-core Tegra 3 chipsets for smartphones and tablets.

The big downside for Nvidia, which relies on overseas semiconductor plants to manufacture its products, is that its Taiwan-based partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is struggling to keep up with demand for new chips designed for production using TSMC's advanced 28-nanometer process technology.

"Supply is still constrained, and our manufacturers are working their hearts out to catch up to our demand," said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

"But at the moment, demand still continues to exceed supply and we expect that to happen for throughout the year, Huang told investors on a conference call Friday. "Every chip that can come out of their fab is being shipped instantaneously."

Nvidia reported a profit for the quarter of $60.4 million, or 10 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $135.2 million, or 22 cents a share.

Strong Mobile-Chip Growth

Demand for Nvidia's new GPUs, based on Kepler architecture, for desktop PCs was so strong in the first quarter that it exceeded the company's supply. Moreover, NVidia's Kepler-based GeForce 600M offerings for notebooks racked up record revenue in the quarter on the strength of the ramp of the Intel Ivy Bridge platform.

Meanwhile, Nvidia's Kepler offerings are continuing to evolve. Two weeks ago, for example, the company unveiled a new computer graphics card powered by dual GeForce GTX 690 GPUs based on the company's Kepler architecture, which has been engineered to establish a new performance threshold for the gaming experience.

Revenue from the company's consumer products business -- which includes Tegra chipsets for smartphones and media tablets -- rose 20.8 percent from the prior quarter, to $132.6 million.

"The increase was largely attributable to our Tegra-based business, [driven by] the production ramp of devices based on our Tegra 3 processors for smartphones and tablets," Nvidia interim CFO Karen Burns said.

Earlier this year, Nvidia's 1.5-GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor took the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by storm, showing up in a swath of new smartphones running the latest version of Android, high-end cameras, an HD screen, and Nvidia's latest chipset -- including the LG's new Optimus 4X HD.

Nvidia's quad-core chipset is broadly similar to the chipset in Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system, given that both are based on a quad-core processor from ARM. \

"Tegra 3 phones are now shipping from 22 carriers in Europe and Asia, and more will follow shortly," the head of Nvidia investor relations, Christopher Evenden told analysts Friday.

Pushing the Envelope

At the same time that TSMC is struggling to keep up with demand, the semiconductor maker is also pushing the boundaries of its 28nm products for high-performance mobile applications. Earlier this month, TSMC unveiled a test chip that demonstrated what will eventually land in a range of computing products extending from high-frequency, performance-oriented computing devices to power-sensitive mobile applications.

"At 3.1 GHz, this 28[-nm] dual-core processor implementation is twice as fast as its counterpart at TSMC 40nm under the same operating conditions," said TSMC Vice President Cliff Hou.

Meanwhile, designers at Nvidia are also looking to push the GPU design envelope by designing next-generation chipsets that fully harness the power of cloud computing environments.

"Graphics is more important than ever," Huang said. "Look for exciting news next week at the GPU Technology Conference [in San Jose, Calif.] as we reveal new ways that the GPU will enhance mobile and cloud computing."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Business Briefing
1.   AT&T in $500M Net Video Partnership
2.   High Court To Hear Aereo Dispute
3.   Aereo CEO Speaks Out on Future
4.   Uber Meets Local Lookalikes in Asia
5.   Otherworldly Ambitions of Elon Musk


advertisement
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
High Court To Hear Aereo Dispute
Future of television debated in court.
Average Rating:
Aereo CEO Speaks Out on Future
Success hinges on looming court battle.
Average Rating:


advertisement


 Random Bytes
Zynga Launches Mobile FarmVille Tech Giant Alibaba Plans U.S. IPO
Authors Guild Hits Back at Google Yahoo COO Gets $58M Parting Gift
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.