NVIDIA's first 80nm GPUs will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
The GPU developer reportedly readies code-named G73-B1 (GeForce 7600-series) and G72 (GeForce 7300-series) chips produced using 80nm process technology at TSMC or UMC, reports HKEPC web-site. The chips are positioned for graphics cards that have high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connector and support high-bandwidth copyright protection (HCDP) technology.
The G73-B1 reportedly has special logic inside, which mixes audio and video streams for HDMI, which can transfer both video and audio data using the same cable. This should allow graphics cards makers to build graphics boards with HDMI connector without additional chip, such as SiliconImage 1930 or similar processor from other makers. The company reportedly has plans to add the aforementioned functionality only into the G73-B1, thus, into the GeForce 7600-series of the GPUs, not into the GeForce 7300 or the GeForce 7900 families.