CES 2014: The 192-Core NVIDIA Tegra K1 Mobile Processor


Mobile gaming isn't going to be just about Candy Crush and Angry Birds anymore. At CES 2014, NVIDIA unveiled the revolutionary Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is a 192-core super chip featuring the same NVIDIA Kepler architecture found in their top-of-the-line graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Next-gen PC gaming has finally arrived on the mobile platform.

Editor's Note: this post was written by William Min

The Tegra K1 processor sets new mobile standards with support for the latest PC-class gaming technologies, which enable it to run sophisticated gaming engines, like the Epic Games Unreal Engine 4. The Tegra K1 provides full support for DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4, and even tessellation. These capabilities will enable PC and console game developers to finally bring their games to mobile devices. In fact, the Tegra K1 will be able to deliver the same graphics as the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, while outperforming the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The Tegra K1 will also feature NVIDIA CUDA technology, which helps create GPU-accelerated applications for advanced imaging, vision and speech recognition, video editing, and more.

In addition to its graphical performance, the Tegra K1 is also energy efficient. The Kepler GPU at the heart of Tegra K1 is 1.5 times more efficient than other mobile GPUs. This results in faster performance in the same power envelope and a better experience for gaming and GPU-accelerated applications.

The Tegra K1 will be available in two versions. The first version is a quad-core 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 32-bit processor. The second version is a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit Super Core processor. Code-named "Denver," the NVIDIA processor will deliver very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. It’s based on the ARMv8 architecture, which combines the energy efficiency of ARM processors and 64-bit computing. The 32-bit version is expected to be installed in mobile devices in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit version will make its appearance in the second half of the year.