NVIDIA’s Shield gaming tablet has only been in the market for about seven months, but its successor is already looming on the horizon. Reported to contain the Tegra X1 chipset, an upgrade from the current K1 chip , the next generation of the Shield tablet will likely improve upon its predecessor by most metrics.
Honda’s latest Civic has received an OS upgrade.
NVIDIA hasn’t yet had one of its chips in a Chromebook, but there’s a first for everything, right?
It looks like that first is coming now, as a listing for the Acer Chromebook CB5 has appeared on a Swedish retailer’s site — Komplett.se.
Earlier this month some references to a Google device codenamed “Flounder” surfaced and added to the mounting evidence that Google was working on a successor to the Nexus 7 tablet. That information, since scrubbed from the source by Google, pointed to an HTC produced device. Now, some new references to Flounder hint at a 64-bit device.
According the Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia is not interested in normal smartphones and will instead focus their Tegra efforts on tablets and what is being dubbed “superphones”. Nvidia is mainly interested in devices that can take full advantage of the Tegra’s graphics capabilities such as gaming systems. Nvidia is also very interested in cars in which a demand for visual components are growing.
Nvidia briefly entered the budget smartphone market with their Tegra 3, which was in a number of devices from companies like HTC, Lenovo and Motorola. The chip that came after the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4, was a disappointing product, and hence Nvidia lost their hold on the market.
NVIDIA announced its new Tegra K1 Super Chip last night. For those of you unaware, it has 192 cores in a single processor. But CEO Jen-Hsun Huang finished with an explanation for the company’s self-made crop circle near Salinas, California. In the image above, you can see the crop circle was designed to mock the structure of the Tegra K1 chip. At the bottom, you see five squares that represent the CPU cores. Above that is the GPU, which in actuality would have 192 cores. But rather than putting that in the crop circle, NVIDIA opted to put “192” in Braille. NVIDIA says that this is its marketing for Tegra K1. I guess we will just have to wait and see how many hardware partners go with the new chip.
The first major press conference of CES 2014 took place tonight. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Tegra K1 processor. The most interesting thing about this new processor is that it has 192 cores in a single processor. Yes, you read that right. Due to its astounding amount of cores, NVIDIA is calling it a “Super Chip” since it will be making appearances in future Android-powered cars and gaming consoles.
The Keplar technology in its backbone allows the processor to provide a tailored experience for many different uses. There will be two versions of the Tegra K1 — Quad A15 CPUs with 32-bit architecture and Dual Denver CPUs with 64-bit architecture at the helm. No word yet on which devices will pack it but the press release does give an estimated arrival. The 32-bit version will arrive in the first half of 2014 and 64-bit is coming in the second half.
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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.
Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.
NVIDIA announced via their blog today that they are preparing to take things in a new direction by licensing their GPU cores and visual computing patent portfolio to other manufacturers. NVIDIA notes that during recent years, as PC sales have been in a decline, sales of other computing devices have been increasing. Going along with this changing landscape, consumers are demanding faster, crisper, high definition displays that produce vivid images no matter what device is currently in use. Driving those displays are the GPUs and NVIDIA is in a good position to capitalize as they have been a long time leader in the GPU market for PCs and more recently, they have been successful in the Android device market with their Tegra line of chips.
If you’ve been itching for a new game to play and happen to have a Tegra device, we’ve got a new game that’s going to consume hours of your free time for the next week or two. Ravensword: Shadowlands is a deep, engrossing RPG with a ton of features and polish. From an open 3D world to weapon and armor crafting to a lockpicking system, it’s a meticulously crafted game that is almost as if an Elder Scrolls game hit the mobile platform. And, if your phone or tablet sports a Tegra processor, you’re going to get even more graphical enhancements to make the game that much better.
The price tag is a little steep at $7, but with as many features as this game has, I’m sure your wallet can forgive you, just this once. And after spending over 300 hours in Skyrim, I think I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try. Who’s with me? Hit the break below to get your hands on the download.