At the NVIDIA hosted GTC (GPU Technology Conference) 2010 event, NVIDIA didn’t have a fake GTX 480 to display this time, however they did reveal their intended roadmap for graphics cards.
According to the companies plans, Fermi’s successor will be Kepler and will be based on the 28nm manufacturing process. While estimates of performance are obviously all speculative, NVIDIA’s graph claims that Kepler – on a double-precision GLFOPS per Watt scale – will double the performance of Fermi. The cards are said to be expected in 2011.
Jumping even further in the future, the company envisions having the Maxwell architecture ready for 2013. Based on the 22nm process, Maxwell is currently just an idea, but NVIDIA boasts it will offer over 7 times the performance of Fermi, and triple that of Kepler; we’ll see.
With Global Foundries having just broken ground on the 28nm process and TSMC having yet to begin manufacturing, you can bet that any fresh line from the company is still a good half year or more away. ATI on the other hand, is readying their next generation (though without a die shrink) in time for the holiday season.