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CES 2014: Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip brings console graphics power to mobile phone

Published on Jan 6, 2014 5:52 PM

Two days before the start of the annual technology Consumer Electronics Show (CES), chipmaker Nvidia announced its next generation mobile processor Tegra K1 that supports next generation graphics capability comparable to a gaming console.

Tegra K1 does so with 192 graphics core found in Nvida's high-end GeForce graphics card and its Tesla supercomputer accelerators. This is a major leap from its fourth-generation Tegra 4 processor, which only has up to 72 graphics core. "It is simply inappropriate to call it Tegra 5, it is simply not linear," said Nvidia's chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang during a media conference.

The Tegra K1 will come in two versions - a 32-bit version powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 central processing unit (CPU) and a 64-bit version powered by a dual-core ARMv8 CPU. The 32-bit Tegra K1 is slated to be released during the first half of 2014 while its 64-bit cousin will arrive in devices in the second half of the year.

During the media event, Mr Huang showed off a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor running Android as well as highlighting endorsement from Epic Games that it will bring its next generation graphics engine Unreal Engine 4 to Tegra K1. Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 is used by many game developers as their games engine.