NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 has been making some noise lately while being featured in the Shield Tablet and Acer’s new Chromebook 13, but it’s so yesterday since it’s only 32-bit. Today, NVIDIA announced the 64-bit version at the Hot Chips Conference, which makes it the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.
This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It’s fully ARMv8 architecture compatible and it’s pin compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1, which should allow it to hit devices sooner rather than later.
We might see the first devices sporting this new chip by year’s end or at the latest, the 1st quarter of 2015.