nVidia will announce its new graphics chip on February 5th. It was initially expected that the chip, codenamed NV25, would feature in the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The reasons behind this delay are not clear and nVidia are keeping a tight lid on new features.
The NV25 will most probably be called "GeForce 4" since the company sees it as the next generation of its previous chip. Various reports claim that the new chip will feature six pixel processing pipelines instead of the four used by GeForce 3. NV25 is also expected to feature significantly higher clock speeds, faster memory interfaces, and improved antialiasing capabilities.
The announcement of the new chip comes less than a year after GeForce 3 was released, late February 2001, and while a half-way product range, dubbed Titanium, was also introduced in October. nVidia have certainly been trying hard to convince us that they want our money.
Along with the NV25 the graphics giant will also release the NV17-M, a desktop version of the NV17. This chip was initially announced in November 2001 in Las Vegas. It is a GeForce 2-3 hybrid and may be available as early as Q1 2002.