Nvidia launched a next-gen desktop graphics card last week called the GTX 680, and its heart, the Kepler GPU, is bound for the mobile world according to a congratulatory e-mail from CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to employees.
Today is just the beginning of Kepler. Because of its super energy-efficient architecture, we will extend GPUs into datacenters, to super thin notebooks, to superphones. Not to mention bring joy and delight to millions of gamers around the world.
So what's just so special about the Kepler architecture? The main thing is that it uses a 28 nm manufacturing process, which gives it a considerable advantage in power efficiency. Nvidia has been working on this for four years, which means that from the start, smartphone usage could (read: should) have been on their mind. The price point for the GTX 680 is reasonable, which bodes well for Android manufacturers interested in picking it up. In terms of performance, reviewers have been unanimously impressed with the GTX 680, and with any luck, the Kepler will keep the bar high when it transitions to mobile.
Although it will take awhile to come to mobile, and performance is likely to be scaled down initially, Nvidia will be in a great spot to eventually bring desktop-class graphics to mobile by using similar (if not identical) architectures between the two. Of course, once Nvidia gets to that point, we'll still have to wait on developers to offer apps and games that actually make use of the GPU, but from the looks of some of the GTX 680 demos, it'll be worth it.
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