NVIDIA has lifted the lid on its next generation of GPU technology today. Dubbed "Pascal" , after the famed 17th century mathematician (sticking to the tried and tested naming convention that has seen previous chips named Fermi, Tesla and Kepler among others), the chip will continue the progress the manufacturer has been making in recent years, and should go a long way to quell fears that GPU technology was beginning to reach a point where no major upgrades were possible, as explained by Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's CEO:
We can now continue to scale with Moore's Law, a scale people think we'll eventually fall off of, but it's not going to happen with Pascal.
For those of you who like to get into the nitty gritty of specs and numbers, the Pascal technology will utilize NVLink interconnect to increase the speed of data exchange between the CPU and GPU by as much as 12 times. In addition to that boost, the chip will also manage to increase processing capacity by around 2.5 times, while being 4 times as energy efficient than today's top of the range cards.
The company expects to roll the Pascal GPU out into its top-end cards before the end of 2016.