It's rumoured that NVIDIA is working on a competitor to AMD's Stream Processor cards. The green firm is apparently working on GPU computing card based on its current GeForce 8800 (G80) GPU, this card may be launched in June.
systems are used for applications like simulating nuclear blasts, uncovering oil and gas deposits, and running financial models.
Nvidia's intentions are hardly surprising; the company has been playing up the G80's 128 "stream processors" since the GeForce 8800 launch last year, and it released a software development kit for its general-purpose computing application programming interface—CUDA—back in February. According to TheStreet.com, Nvidia expects the introduction of a dedicated general-purpose graphics processor to help its professional business group grow from a $500 million business to a $1 billion operation by mid-2009.