"GeForce4" To Be Announced Feb. 5
Nvidia Corp. will announce its next-generation desktop graphics chip, which may be known as the GeForce4, on Feb. 5.Nvidia Corp. will announce its next-generation desktop graphics chip, which may be known as the GeForce4, in early February. Officials at Nvidia, Santa Clara, Calif., told ExtremeTech Thursday that the graphics chip code-named "NV25" will be formally announced on Feb. 5, along with a desktop version of the NV17, a chip that was previously released as a mobile-only product. Sources said the NV25 was originally scheduled to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, confirming a separate report by Taiwan wire Digitimes. The reasons for the rescheduling of the launch were not known.
The spokesman for the company declined to discuss the features of the new chip, or whether it would actually be called the GeForce4. However, observers said the chip will probably be branded as the next generation of the GeForce line, in part because the chip is being released a little less than a year after the GeForce3 was launched in late February 2001. Nvidia already released an incremental improvement to the GeForce3 and GeForce2 line in October, dubbed the Titanium series, which features faster core and memory clocks than the original versions.