NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed yesterday that his firm has shipped a few hundred thousand Fermi processors:
"With our new Fermi-class GPUs in full production, Nvidia's key profit drivers are fully engaged. We shipped a few hundred thousand Fermi processors into strong consumer demand. Our Quadro business for workstations grew strongly, fueled by pent up demand from enterprise customers and new growth markets like video editing. And we had record revenue from Tesla processors for high-end servers,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, during the latest quarterly conference call with financial analysts.
Based on NVIDIA's financial results, Jon Peddie, head of Jon Peddie Research, estimates the GPU maker may have shipped over 400,000 Fermi chips. Peddie believes most of NVIDIA's problems are behind now and that the firm is back on track.
“My estimate is Nvidia has shipped over 400 thousand [Fermi processors] as Tesla and Gefore units. The shipment numbers ‘to date’. Nvidia shipped a lot to OEMs, loads of Tesla versions since the announcement in Boston in March,” said Jon Peddie in a conversation with X-bit labs.
Earlier high-ranking Nvidia executives said that the company had shipped hundreds of thousands Fermi-class graphics processors. At present those chips are all based on the code-named GF100 (NV60, GT300) design, which is so complex that many analyst estimated that the yields of such chips was between 20% and 30%. Nvidia claims that its yields were higher than expected.