Nvidia Tegra to concentrate on ‘superphones’

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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.


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NVIDIA explains its crop circle, inspired by Tegra K1 and its 192 cores

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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.

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NVIDIA announces Tegra K1, first 192-core processor

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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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NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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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.

Source: Engadget

NVIDIA announces plans to expand business model to address growth in visual computing demands

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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.
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Ravensword: Shadowlands hits the Play Store, offers a rich 3D world to explore with Tegra enhancements

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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.

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The Conduit HD hits the Play Store with Tegra optimization

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The Conduit, a well-received first person shooter on the Nintendo Wii, has been remade for Android devices and is now on the Play Store, fully optimized for Tegra devices.

The game features an epic campaign centered around aliens occupying Washington DC. You play as a Secret Service agent named Michael Ford who gets caught up with a mysterious organization to stop the alien invasion and unravel a massive conspiracy theory that dates back a few hundred years. It’s a fast paced shooter with a pile of unique weapons to use and several different kinds of alien enemies to fight over the game’s campaign mode. And if you’re running the game on a Tegra device, you’ll get optimized graphics, including higher resolution and enhanced lighting effects. Possibly the best feature of the entire app is the fact that you can completely customize your touch screen controls to suit your device and playing habits, and it supports bluetooth controllers.

Sound interesting? Hit the source below to download the app and try out the first two levels of the campaign for free.

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Red Wing Ikaro Racing flight sim hits the Play Store

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Red Wing Ikaro Racing brings brings accelerometer-controlled aerial 3D racing to the Google Play Store. The high speed racing game is optimized for Tegra 2 and 3 devices and sells for $5.99. The 22 tracks, in 5 different surroundings, include both city and canyon landscapes. Players can choose from 6 different planes and the truly dedicated flyboys can even go back and watch their entire flight from several angles.

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