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Nvidia hints at big announcements at GTC 2020 - "You won't be disappointed"

Should we expect to see next-generation graphics cards?

Nvidia hints at big announcements at GTC 2020 -

Nvidia hints at big announcements at GTC 2020 - "You won't be disappointed"

Nvidia's CEO, Jensen Huang, has to tease the company's GTC (GPU Technology Conference) 2020 plans, teasing potential AI enhancements, the evolution of RTX and other shifts in the gaming, AI, professional and cloud markets. 

While Jensen has promised analysts that they "won't be disappointed", this remains far from a confirmation that Nvidia plans to launch its next-generation graphics lineup at GTC in March. 

Many sites have been quick to namedrop rumoured Nvidia architectures like Ampere; it seems unlikely that Nvidia will release a new series of gaming graphics cards at this event. What's more likely is that Nvidia will release a successor to its Volta series graphics cards, catering to non-gaming markets with enhanced AI performance and computational capabilities. 

Looking at Jensen's comments below (via Seeking Alpha), you can see that Jensen is explicitly talking about its data centre business and AI performance. That said, Nvidia could surprise us. 

  

    We had an excellent quarter with strong demand for NVIDIA RTX graphics and NVIDIA AI platforms and record data center revenue. NVIDIA RTX is reinventing computer graphics and the market's response is excellent, driving a powerful upgrade cycle in both gaming and professional graphics, while opening whole new opportunities for us to serve the huge community of independent creative workers and social content creators and new markets in rendering and cloud gaming.

Our data center business is enjoying a new wave of growth powered by three key trends in AI natural language understanding, conversational AI, deep recommenders are changing the way people interact with the Internet. The public cloud demand for AI is growing rapidly. And as AI shifts from development to production, our inference business is gaining momentum. We'll be talking a lot more about these key trends and much more at next month's GTC Conference in San Jose. Come join me. You won't be disappointed.

 

Nvidia has started to tease a "limited edition" Cyberpunk 2077 graphics card, it remains unknown if this GPU is based on a current-generation Turing series graphics card or a next-generation Geforce architecture. Based on Nvidia's blurry render of this graphics card, it appears to utilise the same Founders Edition cooler design as Nvidia's current-generation RTX series products.    

Nvidia's next-generation products are rumoured to be built using Nvidia's next-generation Ampere architecture and utilise a 7nm manufacturing technology from TSMC or Samsung. These changes should allow Nvidia to increase the efficiency of their graphics hardware significantly and deliver increased performance levels. 

Nvidia hints at big announcements at GTC 2020 -  

Right now, we expect Nvidia's GTC event to focus on the company's AI performance. Nvidia wants to dominate this growing market, and that goal requires new hardware. Nvidia's Volta series graphics cards have been available for over two years now, and Nvidia's customers are hungry for something newer. If Nvidia wants to cement its AI advantages, they need to release a true Volta successor for the data centre market, and that graphics card could arrive at GTC. 

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