NVIDIA has officially announced its latest and most powerful chip to date – Tegra K1. From what we’ve understood, it’s by far the fastest chip ever made, featuring 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. You got that right, its GPU has a total of 192 cores, bringing along console-like graphic capabilities which are on par with Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and faster than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The K1 features the same NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers the fastest GPU on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti!
Here are four other details you should know:
1. Two versions
Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. 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. Codenamed “Denver”, this CPU is based on the ARMv8 architecture, delivering very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. Both versions have the mentioned 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.
3. PC-class gaming technologies & Unreal Engine 4
Tegra K1 provides full support for the latest PC-class gaming technologies, including DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation. This in turn enables Tegra K1 to run the world’s most advanced game engine, Unreal Engine 4. Moreover, NVIDIA’s chip is also the first mobile processor to support NVIDIA CUDA, which is the world’s most pervasive parallel computing platform.
4. Topping the benchmark charts
The Kepler GPU at the heart of Tegra K1 is 1.5 times more efficient than other mobile GPUs! In fact, Kepler was first introduced in desktop and notebook systems, and later brought to workstations and supercomputers.
Yeah we can’t wait to try out a phone featuring this bad boy under the hood. 😉