Although it’s unfortunate that Nvidia didn’t reveal any new graphics products at CES 2015, Nvidia did have a huge showing at this year which revolved around their latest Tegra X1, which promises to combine desktop level performance at mobile friendly power consumption levels.
Built on TSMC’s latest 20nm process, the new Tegra X1 is what Nvidia calls a Mobile Superchip. Equipped with a 64-bit ARM Octo-Core CPU (4x A57 + 4x A53) and an incredible 256 Maxwell graphics cores, Nvidia claims that the Tegra X1’s rendering power doubles that of their own Tegra K1 SoC yet still remains extremely power efficient, operating at a mere 10w.
In addition to revealing their updated GPU roadmap, Nvidia recently also revealed an updated Tegra roadmap which includes a couple new Tegra mobile SoCs.
The first upcoming Tegra SoC on the roadmap is called Tegra Logan (Tegra 5), which will succeed the recently introduced Tegra 4 SoC. The defining feature of the new Tegra Logan SoC is that it will be the first Tegra SoC to integrate 28nm Kepler graphics on the chip itself. With Kepler graphics integration, Logan will have native support for OpenGL 4.3 and full support for CUDA 5. This leverages Nvidia’s extensive experience as a GPU manufacturer as Kepler graphics on the SoC should give Tegra Logan far superior [...]
Among the most popular introductions at this year’s CES was the Nvidia Project Shield, which is Nvidia’s newest Tegra 4 powered gaming console. This introduction is exciting in a number of ways. The first is that Nvidia is entering the gaming console market. Nvidia has been traditionally known for producing top tier graphics cards and mobile processors, so the move into mobile gaming seems like a logical step for the company. The second exciting thing about Project Shield is that it includes Nvidia’s newest Tegra 4 ARM processor.
Let’s talk a little about both of these exciting new introductions.Tegra 4
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