Nvidia's Fermi graphics architecture explained

Fermi
The traditional polarised die shot. The central bar is the L2 cache and you can see the cores neatly arranged in rectangles

Hardware comes and goes, sometimes we get a little damp in anticipation, but usually its nothing you want to run out into the street and proclaim.

There is an exception to this – high-power graphics cards, we love these. They make games sexy and that makes us sexy. At the heart of these is the GPU, and when Nvidia announces it has a new and wonderful one, it is time to take notice. The new architecture is codenamed Fermi, after renowned nuclear physicist, Enrico Fermi.