Nvidia Trademarks Turing, Quadro RTX and Geforce RTX
What is Geforce RTX, Software or Hardware?
Published: 10th August 2018 | Source: US Patent and Trademark Office |
Nvidia Trademarks Turing, Quadro RTX, and Geforce RTX
In this regard, three trademarks stand out, Nvidia Turing, Quadro RTX, and Geforce RTX, all of which are linked to documents that are available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent that is the most eye-catching here is Geforce RTX, which on its face implies that the RTX brand will replace GTX in Nvidia's next-generation graphics lineup, though sadly this trademark makes no mention of graphics hardware.
The Geforce RTX Trademark discusses two things, first, "Research, design and consultancy services relating to computer hardware and software, all in the field of media, multi-media and communications processors and related software". Second "Software for operating multi-media applications, producing multi-media content and for enhancing audio clarity and video display", which indicates that Geforce RTX is a term that refers to software, not hardware.
In contrast, both the Quadro RTX and Turing Trademarks reference "GPUs" directly, with Quadro RTX also discussing "computer hardware and software for professional designers, engineers, and scientists for advanced graphics processing and visual computing". The Quadro RTX trademark seems to be for hardware and its related software, whereas Turing has extremely broad usage with a lot of focus on "Artificial Intelligence", as befits the Turing name.
Below is an example of a video that was rendered in real-time using Nvidia's RTX Ray Tracing technology using Microsoft's DirectX Ray-Tracing (DXR) API. This footage required four Titan V graphics card to be rendered in real-time.
Looking at these patents, it seems like Geforce RTX is not a term that will be specifically related to hardware and will instead focus on the gaming applications for the company's RTX technology. Geforce RTX has a lot of similarities to AMD/Radeon's RX branding, which would move Nvidia away from their well known GTX branding.
Like all pre-release information, it is possible that we have an incomplete picture here, though things are likely to become clear in the near future as Nvidia prepares to launch their next-generation GPUs.
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