Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has “cooked up” something special to announce on Thursday during the company’s GPU technology conference: Expect to see a massive graphics card.
In a teaser video posted yesterday, Huang showed off the upcoming hardware by literally pulling it out of a kitchen oven. “Okay, ladies and gentlemen. What we got here is the world’s largest graphics card,” he says while lifting the GPU with oven potholders.
Although the company is declining to say anything more, Nvidia is expected to talk up its next-generation GPU architecture Ampere, which will be used in both consumer and enterprise graphics cards.
The giant GPU on display is likely a graphics card built with Ampere, but meant for data center use. The company has a line of DGX systems, which are designed to operate as powerhouse workstations that specialize in AI research. In March, Nvidia filed a new trademark for the name DGX A100.
It’s a good bet Thursday’s event, GTC, will show off what the Ampere architecture can do over Nvidia’s existing architecture, Turing, which is best known for introducing new lighting and shadow effects in games called ray-tracing. To improve the architecture, the company is expected to transition from a 12-nanometer manufacturing process to 7nm, which should boost the graphic rendering capabilities. But by how much, we’ll have to wait and see.
Reportedly, the new architecture will also be used in a new line of consumer RTX 3000-series graphics cards, slated to debut in the coming months. So if you’re in the market for a new GPU you may want to hold off until Thursday’s event, when more details might be revealed. You’ll be able to livestream the GTC conference keynote held at 9am EST on Nvidia’s YouTube channel.