Updated: Nvidia’s Fermi GPU postponed – report

Santa Clara based Nvidia will not now release DirectX compliant Fermi until March.

So says Digitimes, claiming that Nvidia has informed its third party graphics card makers that it won’t officially launch now unti March 2010.

The graphics chip will be a 40 nanometer GDDR5 product dubbed the Fermi GF100, and that will be followed by the introduction of a GF104 in the second quarter, the report claimed.

But Nvidia faces fierce competition from AMD. Its ATI division will introduce a 40 nanometer Radeon HD5670/5570 “Redwood” semi and an HD5450 “Cedar” chip at the end of January or in February 2010.

The report claims that TSMC, a foundry that creates semiconductors from designs provided by AMD and Nvidia, is not yet able to ramp its 40 nanometer process to capacities sufficient to meet demand.

The Digitimes report is here.

Nvidia adds:

An Nvidia spokesperson told TG Daily that Fermi-based cards will ship in Q1 of 2010.  

“I can confirm that we’re still on track for shipping in Q1 like we have been originally stating,” confirmed the spokesperson.