On Wednesday, when Hot Chips officially announced the program and list of talks for the upcoming Hot Chips 2018 conference in August, among them was the tantalizingly named “NVIDIA’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU.” Offering only just a bit of official confirmation over NVIDIA’s successor to their Pascal-based GeForce 10-series products, the existence of this presentation would suggest a formal announcement within the next couple months.

And while none of the presentations had any descriptions, not long after the program was published, references to NVIDIA’s presentation were redacted in the announcement. The timeslot is now listed as “TBD,” with all references to NVIDIA and their next-gen GPU having been scrubbed. Hot Chips hasn't mentioned why the official schedule has changed, but of the two practical theories - that this was an error and NVIDIA isn't presenting, or that NVIDIA's talk was supposed to be kept under wraps for a while longer - the latter is certainly the stronger theory right now.

In the past, NVIDIA has discussed architectures at Hot Chips only after they’ve been revealed, which would imply that NVIDIA intends (or intended) to announce the new architecture before that - perhaps in June or July - as Hot Chips takes place in mid-August. Our colleagues at Toms Hardware Germany noted their own sources as previously discussing a July release date. In any case, as these presentations and talks are submitted and approved well in advance of August, it's difficult to imagine that the original listing was a fluke.

Source: Hot Chips 2018

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  • SkOrPn - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - link

    I was going to say, I can't remember any other Android device, including any directly from Google, ever receiving 19 full OS updates before. Yet Shield TV is the first ever device to get that many major software updates and it's still going. It's already past the miracle stage IMO. My twice as expensive nearly $500 Samsung Tablet received 3 major updates in total and it was released around the same time. It is downright unbelievable just how much support NVIDIA has given the SHIELD TV.
  • mode_13h - Sunday, June 3, 2018 - link

    Maybe. Or perhaps it could have something to do with the other devices which include it, such as Google's Pixel C, for which they're obligated to do most of the support work. At that point, why not go ahead and release the updates for Shield?
  • mode_13h - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    The next embedded SoC for them is called Xavier, and it's going to be way too big, expensive, and power-hungry for that. It wouldn't even make a good console GPU, due to being biased toward AI with comparatively weak graphics capabilities.

  • Sttm - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    Eagerly waiting for Hot Chips then so I can yell "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY"... its been over 2 years, I am ready!
  • mode_13h - Friday, June 1, 2018 - link

    First, you might've missed that they withdrew.

    Second, they don't launch anything at Hot Chips. Maybe at like Computex or possibly even SIGGRAPH, but not Hot Chips.
  • Jad77 - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - link

    I was halfway through a comment, when it occurred to me that I just don't give a shit anymore. Maybe I'm getting too old.

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