Ashraf Eassa, a writer at The Motley Fool claims the next-gen NVIDIA micro-architecture, Ampere has been taped. As per Eassa, a “reliable” source informed him that NVIDIA had taped out Ampere in the last weeks of March.
If this report proves to be correct, then it’ll be the first confirmation of the existence of the Ampere architecture. However, Eassa says that the taped GPU will succeed the NVIDIA V100 Data Center GPU (based on the Volta architecture). In case you didn’t know, the GeForce RTX cards are an off-shoot of the Volta architecture. They are based on the Turing family which is a modified version of Volta with the additional RTCores. So even if the A100 is revealed in 2020, the mainstream graphics cards will still be released after a quarter or two. AMD Radeon RX Navi, Ryzen 3000, EPYC Rome CPUs to Be Announced at Computex 201
Word on the street is that the Ampere family of GPUs will be based on the 7nm node. The present generation RTX 20 series lineup is based on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process. If Turing’s successor leverages the 7nm node, then we can expect a significant performance jump compared to the present offerings.
AMD debuted the world’s first 7nm GPU, the Radeon VII in Feb earlier this year, however, due to shortages and lackluster performance, it didn’t quite make its mark. Furthermore, the Radeon VII was based on the dated Vega architecture that the Vega 56 and 64 use. If NVIDIA indeed is planning to use the 7nm node for its next generation of GPUs, Ampere or otherwise, then we can expect the same level of performance uplift that the Maxwell lineup brought about back in 2014, culminating to the GTX 970 becoming one of NVIDIA’s bestselling GPUs till date.
However, before you get all excited, keep in mind that this is a rumor after