Nvidia Lied About the Pascal GPU at CES That Their CEO Showed Off!
Although it is something that no one expected, and something Nvidia might have thought would pass under the rug somehow, it is a fact that all of us were lied to about the Pascal GPU that we were shown at CES 2016!
How that is so, you might ask. Well, if you watched the company’s presentation at the event you would have also seen Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang holding up the Drive PX 2 with two Pascal GPUs on top of it.
For those who do not know, Drive PX 2 is the recently announced AI based supercomputer that can make practical self-driving cars a reality.
It would pass us by normally, but some of the eagle-eyed journalists out there took a closer look at the Drive PX 2 Huang was holding, more specifically, the GPUs that it had.
There is a date code from TSMC on top of the chip (ordered according to the manufacturing year, the manufacturing work week and finally the stepping). Now the inscription on the chips that Huang was holding implies that they were made in the third week of 2015 i.e. mid-January!
So did Nvidia have it with them since over a year, only a couple of months after Maxwell got produced? Or were they lying about all this? I’d go with the latter because at that time, the 16nm FinFET based process was not even ready. TSMC could not even have produced those over a year ago!
What he was actually holding in his hands were GTX 980M GPUs, nothing that would even say the words Nvidia Pascal GPU.