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NVIDIA announces Fermi products for 2010 ship

This morning NVIDIA followed up on the recent announcement of its next-generation GPU product, codenamed Fermi, with news of the first set of specific products and shipping time frames.

nVidia logoThe pro line of Fermi products will come to market as the “20 series” which you may recall add a lot of new features aimed specifically at HPC, including ECC memory, L1 and L2 caches, much faster double precision support, up to 1 TB of memory, concurrent kernel execution, and fast context switching.

The new Fermi “Personal Supercomputer” products are the C2050 and C2070, complementing the older C1060 card (for reference: 933 GFLOPS single precision, 78 GFLOPS double, 4 GB memory). The C2050 is rated at 630 GFLOPS double precision, has 3 GB of ECC memory, and will retail for $2,499 when it ships in Q2 of 2010. The bigger C2070 ups that to 6 GB of ECC memory and will retail for $3,999 when it ships in Q3.

Tesla is also plugging Fermi into the datacenter line, complementing the S1070 (for reference: 4.14 TFLOPS single precision, 345 GFLOPS double, 4 GB memory/GPU). The S2050 is rated between 2.1-2.5 TFLOPS double precision, has 3 GB of ECC memory/GPU, and will retail for $12,995 when it ships in Q2 of 2010. Big brother S2070 again ups the memory to 6 GB of ECC memory/GPU and will retail for $18,995 when it ships in Q3.

According to Andy Keane, general manager of Tesla business at NVIDIA, the new Fermis aren’t going to replace the previous generation products in either the personal or datacenter lines to accommodate customers who need time to revalidate their applications on the new platform. Keane also told us that these are general availability dates — early availability and customer trials are expected before the end of the year.

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