With almost no fanfare whatsoever, NVIDIA releases the first notebook derivative of its Fermi architecture - the GeForce GTX 480M.
NVIDIA makes some bold claims for the new chip on its blog, claiming that it is "DirectX 11 done right," and that the GeForce 480M is "a true tessellation monster for the platform" which offers five times more performance than any other GPU.
The GPU will have the core clocked at 425MHz, 352 stream processors clocked at 850MHz, and a GDDR5 frame buffer running at 1,200MHz. The new chip supports 3D Vision, PhysX, CUDA, two-way SLI and, of course, DirectX 11. Interestingly, there's no mention of power consumption, although I guess it's not going to be a selling point to those looking to maximize battery life. This is a GPU for mobile gamers and those looking to do multimedia editing away from the confines of a desktop.
The first 480M-based systems will be manufactured by Clevo. So far no word on any other OEM making use of these new GPUs.