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New Nintendo Switch Console For 2021 Could Feature NVIDIA’s Next-Gen Ada Lovelace GPU


Nintendo could end up featuring NVIDIA's next-generation GPU architecture, codenamed Ada Lovelace, on its upcoming Switch handheld console for 2021. Although a rumor, the info comes from a very reliable source who has been correct with his previous leaks surrounding NVIDIA's current generation of GPUs.

NVIDIA's Next-Gen Ada Lovelace GPU Could Power Nintendo's Upcoming Switch Handheld Console in 2021

The Nintendo Switch handheld console for 2021 has been a hot topic ever since news broke out yesterday by Bloomberg that it would be making use of NVIDIA's DLSS technology to power up to 4K visuals in TV mode. The NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology is one of the key features of the RTX graphics cards, allowing users better performance through AI-assisted up-scaling. We also heard a few additional details which we talked about here but let's talk about the main highlight of this topic.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 ‘Next-Gen Gaming’ Graphics Cards Featuring Ada Lovelace GPUs Rumored For Early Q3 Launch

That's right, Nintendo is rumored to feature NVIDIA's Ada Lovelace GPU, as reports Kopite7kimi. The news is quite significant since Ada Lovelace is the generational successor to the existing RTX graphics cards based on the Ampere GPU. The leaker was also the first to hint at the possibility of NVIDIA using Ada Lovelace as a codename for its next-generation GPU family.

NVIDIA has been known to base its architectures on prominent physicists, mathematicians, and scientists and Ada Lovelace is no different. In many ways, Ada Lovelace can be thought of as the world's first computer enthusiast.

She appears to be the first person to have realized that the Analytical Engine proposed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond pure calculation and also published what is thought to be the first algorithm (becoming the first computer programmer) intended to be carried by such a machine. This was almost half a century before Alan Turing would finish their work and invent the general-purpose computer during the world war.

Now Ada Lovelace GPUs from NVIDIA are going to be better at everything compared to Ampere. They will offer better ray-tracing and DLSS capabilities and several new features that are yet to be unveiled. We definitely won't see any consumer GPUs based on Ada Lovelace architecture any time soon but NVIDIA is likely to launch a version of Ada Lovelace to power the Nintendo Switch.

NVIDIA did the same with its Ampere lineup which was first introduced for Tegra Orin SOC all the way back in 2019. The RTX 30 series was not introduced until 2H of 2020. We could be looking at a new Tegra announcement from NVIDIA relatively soon and that makes sense considering the new Nintendo Switch console will also pack an upgraded CPU with ARM architecture & faster memory. The pricing for the new Nintendo Switch handheld console is expected around $349-$399 US and should hit retail by the end of this year (Holiday 2021). NVIDIA could showcase its brand new Tegra SOC at GTC 2021 which is next month followed by an official announcement from Nintendo on its next Nintendo Switch console.

SOC NameTegra X1ParkerXavierOrinAtlan
Process Technology20nm TSMC16nm TSMC12nm TSMC8nm Samsung5nm TSMC?
SOC Transistors2 Billion (Tegra X1)N/A7 Billion (Xavier)17 Billion (Orin)TBA
GPU ArchitectureMaxwell (256 Core)Pascal (256 Core)Volta (512 Core)Ampere (2048)Ada Lovelace?
CPU16 Core ARM CPU12 Core ARM CPU8 Core ARM CPU12 Core ARM CPUGrace Next CPU Cores
CPU Architecture4x Cortex A57
4x Cortex A53
4x Denver A53
8x Cortex A57
Carmel ARM64 8 Core CPU (8 MB L2 + 4 MB L3)ARM Herclues Cores (A72AE)Next-Gen Neoverse
System MemoryLPDDR48 GB LPDDR4 (50+ GB/s)16 GB 256-bit LPDDR4LPDDR4xLPDDR5x

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