Jen-Hsen Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp. said this week that he is excited about the company’s next-generation graphics processing units code-named “Pascal” as well as next-generation process technologies. Nevertheless, while the CEO of Nvidia is confident of the company’s roadmap, he notes that current-gen “Maxwell” family of GPUs is only beginning its journey.
“We have got lot of great surprises for you guys and I am excited about our next generation GPUs,” said Jen-Hsun Huang during quarterly conference call with investors and financial analysts. “But right now we are enjoying ramping Maxwell. This is a brand new product cycle.”
Right now Maxwell mainly addresses the market of consumer gaming PCs with GeForce graphics cards. Nvidia plans to introduce professional-grade Quadro graphics cards as well as Tesla accelerators for high-performance computing applications sometime in 2015.
At present there are only two graphics processing units – GM107 and GM204 – based on the Maxwell architecture. Nvidia is expected to unveil two more chips based on the latest graphics processing technology, which will take a quarter or two. It is believed that one of the forthcoming Maxwell GPUs – code-named GM200 – will address the markets of high-performance computing, professional graphics as well as ultra-high-end gaming PCs.
Nvidia’s next-generation graphics processors are code-named “Pascal”. Based on the company’s roadmap that it demonstrated back in March, Pascal GPUs are due sometime in 2016. Next-generation graphics chips from Nvidia will support stacked high-bandwidth dynamic random access memory (DRAM) (SK Hynix’s high-bandwidth memory (HBM) or Micron’s hybrid memory cube (HMC)), unified memory addressing for CPU and GPU, NVLink interconnection for high-performance computing platforms as well as new graphics, compute and multimedia features that will be a part of DirectX 12, OpenGL 5.0 and other forthcoming application programming interfaces.