A roadmap for Nvidia's next chipsets has emerged today. Thanks to an image located on an Asian website. According to X-bit labs "Nvidia is expected to release NV48, NV48e, NV43, and NV44 graphics processors in the second half of the year".
An Asian web-site presumably revealed roadmap of NVIDIA Corporation for the second half of 2004 and the first half of 2005. While the source of information is unofficial, it corresponds to NVIDIA's vision of the market and technology revealed earlier this year. According to the slides published at MyHard.com web-site, NVIDIA is expected to release NV48, NV48e, NV43 and NV44 graphics processors in the second half of the year. All the new chips are projected to be derivatives of the recently launched GeForce 6800-series graphics processors and have generally the same capabilities, including support for the superset of DirectX 9.0 – Shader Model 3.0.
The code-named NV48 graphics chips will succeed the NV45 and NV40 graphics processors known as the GeForce 6800-series in the high-end market. The NV48 will be designed to work with AGP 8x bus, while the NV48e will be intended for PCI Express x16 lane. The code-named NV43 and NV44 GPUs will exist in AGP 8x and PCI Express x16 iterations and will serve mainstream and entry-level markets of graphics cards.
Screenshot: Nvidia Chipset Roadmap
News source: X-bit labs