Nvidia announces 192 core Tegra K1 chips at CES, calls Android most important platform for gaming consoles

Nvidia just announced Tegra K1, it’s first 192-core processor. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made the announcement at CES 2014.

Huang said, “Today, we’re excited to announce that Epic Games will bring Unreal Engine 4 to Tegra K1. Tim Sweeney, Founder of Epic Games, has the highest expectations of anyone in the game industry. He said Tegra K1 advances industry by three or four years.”

K1 will be a huge jump from the previous generation. He said that its not fair to call K1 Tegra 5 as it’s not linear.

“It’s called K1 because it’s based on Kepler architecture, our most successful GPU architecture. This architecture, because it’s so energy effieinct and programmable, enables us to extend GPU to the cloud with GRID and to the cloud with Tesla. One architecture spans computing from a few watts to megawatts. We’re really, really excited that with Tegra we’ve bridged the gap. We’ve brought the heart of GeForce and soul of Tesla to mobile computing.”

Nvidia will offer Tegra K1 in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. The company says:

The first version uses a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU. The second version uses a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed “Denver”) delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. It is based on the ARMv8 architecture, which brings the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing.

Both versions of Tegra K1 deliver stunning graphics and visual computing capabilities powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. The 32-bit version is expected in devices in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit version is expected in devices in the second half of the year.

He also said that Android will be the most important platform for gaming consoles. “Why wouldn’t you want to be open, connected to your TV and have access to your photos, music, gaming. It’s just a matter of time before Android disrupts game consoles,” said Huang.

Nvidia is not confining itself (and Android)to mobile phones, PC and gaming industry. Huang said that Android holds all the potential to “disrupt the auto industry”. Google recently signed a deal with Audi to put Android in their cars.

2014 is already looking exciting for Linux.

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About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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