NVIDIA today announced the Tegra k1 mobile processor based on Nvidia’s Kepler architecture. The unique feature of the chip is it comes with a 192-core GPU, it will be available in 32-bit as well as 64-bit version. The 32-bit version uses the Quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU and the 64-bit version uses the ARNv8 architecture, both the chips come with the 192-core GPU.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demoed the chip at CES 2014 running Android. The chip is designed for not only smartphones and tablets it is designed for consoles, and cars etc. Nvidia calls it a super chip and it will bring PC gaming to mobile devices, it will enable the Unreal Gaming Engine 4 from Epic Games to run smoothly.
“Over the past two decades, NVIDIA invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA. “With Tegra K1, we’re bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device.”
The Tegra K1 chip supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation according to Nvidia. It claims that the Tegra K1 delivers the same graphics features as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and it performs faster than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3.
The 32-bit chip will be available from the first half of 2014 and the 64-bit chip will be available from the second half of 2014.