Nintendo may end up presenting NVIDIA’s next-generation GPU architecture, codenamed Ada Lovelace, on the upcoming Switch handheld console for 2021. Although there is a rumor, the information comes from a very reliable source that has been correct with its previous leaks about NVIDIA’s current generation of GPUs.
NVIDIA’s next-generation Ada Lovelace GPU could power Nintendo’s upcoming handheld console in 2021
The Nintendo Switch handheld console for 2021 has been a hot topic ever since the news broke yesterday by Bloomberg that it would use NVIDIA’s DLSS technology to drive up to 4K images in TV mode. NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology is one of the key features of RTX graphics cards, giving users better performance through AI-assisted upscaling. We also heard some more details that we talked about here, but let’s talk about the main highlight of this topic.
That’s right, Nintendo is rumored to have NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace GPU, which reports Kopite7kimi. The news is quite significant since Ada Lovelace is the generation successor to the existing RTX graphics cards based on the Ampere GPU. The leak was also the first to suggest that NVIDIA is using Ada Lovelace as a code name for the next-generation GPU family.
NVIDIA has been known for basing its architecture on prominent physicists, mathematicians and scientists, and Ada Lovelace is no different. In many ways, Ada Lovelace can be considered the world’s first computer enthusiast.
She seems to be the first person to understand that the analytical engine proposed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond mere computation, and also published what is believed to be the first algorithm (which became the first computer programming program) intended to be carried by such a machine. This was almost half a century before Alan Turing wanted to complete his work and invent the general computer during World War II.
Now the Ada Lovelace GPUs from NVIDIA will be better in everything compared to Ampere. They will offer better beam tracking and DLSS features and several new features that have not yet been unveiled. We will definitely not see any consumer GPUs based on Ada Lovelace architecture anytime soon, but NVIDIA will probably launch a version of Ada Lovelace to power the Nintendo Switch.
NVIDIA did the same with the Ampere series that was introduced for the Tegra Orin SOC way back in 2019. The RTX 30 series was not introduced until 2.H 2020. We could look at a new Tegra announcement from NVIDIA relatively soon, and that is makes sense given that the new Nintendo Switch console will also pack an upgraded CPU with ARM architecture and faster memory. Prices for the new Nintendo Switch handheld console are expected to be around $ 349- $ 399 US and should go on sale by the end of the year (Holiday 2021). NVIDIA may unveil its brand new Tegra SOC at GTC 2021, which is next month followed by an official announcement from Nintendo on its next Nintendo Switch console.
|SOC name||Tegra X1||Parker||Xavier||Orin||Next generation Tegra SOC|
|Process technology||20nm TSMC||16nm TSMC||12nm TSMC||8nm Samsung||5nm TSMC?|
|SOC Transistors||2 billion (Tegra X1)||Not relevant||7 billion (Xavier)||17 billion (Orin)||TBA|
|GPU architecture||Maxwell (256 cores)||Pascal (256 cores)||Volta (512 cores)||Ampere (2048)||Ada Lovelace?|
|processor||16 Core ARM CPU||12 Core ARM CPU||8 Core ARM CPU||12 Core ARM CPU||Next generation ARM|
|CPU architecture||4x Cortex A57
4x Cortex A53
|4x Denver A53
8x Cortex A57
|Carmel ARM64 8 Core CPU (8 MB L2 + 4 MB L3)||ARM Herclues Cores (A72AE)||Next generation ARM|
|System memory||LPDDR4||8 GB LPDDR4 (50+ GB / s)||16 GB 256-bit LPDDR4||LPDDR4x||LPDDR5?|
News source: Videocardz