NVIDIA declares Tegra K1 with 192 cores and Kepler structure
In what’s turning into a yearly custom, NVIDIA got here to its CES press convention with tidings of its subsequent-era cellular processor which can start gracing units in 2014. The chipset maker formally introduced Tegra K1, which options the primary 192-core GPU based mostly on the Kepler structure which was initially designed for desktops and notebooks and later added to supercomputers. As you’ll be able to think about, NVIDIA is bringing its graphics chops to the brand new DirectX eleven-powered GPU, and it packs a critical punch — a lot so, in truth, that it’ll include help for Unreal Engine four and OpenGL four.four. Within the firm’s ordinary type, we have been handled to demos of the brand new chip’s energy in contrast aspect-by-aspect with a Tegra four, and the distinction was fairly noticeable; the K1 gives actual-time computing, international illumination, larger dynamic vary and larger element like reflective surfaces, dripping water and different reasonable bodily-based mostly rendering. Apparently, Tegra K1 will truly are available two totally different variations: a 32-bit choice with a 2.3GHz “four-plus-1” A15 CPU and a sixty four-bit unit with a 2.5GHz twin-core Denver CPU. Naturally we’re a bit extra curious concerning the latter in the mean time, and we’ll replace you as we get extra details about both chip — corresponding to availability.
Replace: We acquired just a little additional clarification from NVIDIA reps, who’ve advised us that each variations of the K1 have already been licensed by AT&T and Vodafone (amongst different carriers), and we should always anticipate to see units with the brand new chipset close to the top of the primary half of 2014. We additionally discovered that though LTE help does not come natively on the chipset, it’s going to nonetheless be obtainable because of an exterior chip that can be a part of the K1 setup. It is arduous to say whether or not or not it will assist NVIDIA achieve some misplaced floor on Qualcomm, however solely time will inform.
Ben Gilbert contributed to this publish.