CES 2014: Nvidia reveals Tegra K1 ‘Supercomputing’ processor for mobile, promises PC-level gaming

CES 2014: Nvidia reveals Tegra K1 ‘Supercomputing’ processor for mobile, promises PC-level gamingThis time last year, Nvidia flew in to Las Vegas to reveal the Tegra 4, announcing it as “the world’s fastest mobile processor”.

Fast-forward 12 months and we’re being introduced to the Nvidia Tegra K1, a mobile processor that promises to bring the power of gaming PCs to the palm of your filthy hand.

Energy efficiency seems to be the aim of the game according to the accompanying press release, and indeed the Nvidia Tegra K1 will also bring its “advanced computational capabilities” to self-driving cars. The future is now(ish).

On the technical side of things, the Nvidia Tegra K1 is a quad-core beast, with a whopping 192 GPU cores and support for Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. In theory, we could have mobiles and tablets supporting high-end PC games.

Tim Sweeney of Epic Games yells: "We can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or high-end console and run it on Tegra now."

Similarly excited, Nvidia’s co-founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, purrs: "Over the past two decades, Nvidia invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company.

"With Tegra K1, we're bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device."

The Tegra K1 will come in 32 and 64-bit flavours, landing in the first and second half of 2014 respectively.

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Stelph  Jan. 6, 2014 at 16:21

Will be interesting to see how this pans out, 2013 was a really sucky year for Nvidea as they lost all the traction they had in the mobile sector losing a lot of ground to Qualcomm who, I believe, were preferred because in the Qualcomm the LTE is intigrated where as for the Tegra it was not. I understand that the K1 also isnt intergrated so unless the K1 is seriously faster than Qualcomm and/or they get the K1 out first im not sure if they will get any traction...

Which is a shame because I love the technology in the Note 7 tablet and also the game streaming in Project Shield, anything to get innovation into the mobile space is a godsend IMO

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 6, 2014 at 17:28

Does that mean K1 will finally run 5 years old Crysis? :p
What does High-End PC game mean? XBOX 360/PS3 port to PC? Will probably be a kick ass chip for a Tablet, but too power hungry and hot for a phone. Exactly opposite what made Tegra 3 successful.

lcurdie / MOD  Jan. 6, 2014 at 17:52

Here's another blurb from the press release (a second press release that's more focused on gaming):

Simply Unreal:Setting Stunning New Gaming Standards
Tegra K1 provides full support for the latest PC-class gaming technologies -- including DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation. These capabilities will enable PC and console game developers to finally bring their stunning, visually rich titles to mobile devices.

Such features enable Tegra K1 to run the world's most advanced game engine, Unreal Engine 4. Unreal Engine is the most successful commercially licensed game engine, powering hundreds of games on high-end PCs and consoles.

Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to deliver the same graphics features as the next generation of consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and faster performance than current generation consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), all in the palm of your hand.

"With the introduction of this revolutionary processor, we can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra," said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and developer of Unreal Engine. "From here onward, I think we're going to see the performance and feature gap between mobile and PC high-end gaming continue to narrow to the point where the difference between the platforms really blurs."

Stelph  Jan. 7, 2014 at 10:01

Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to deliver the same graphics features as the next generation of consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4) and faster performance than current generation consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), all in the palm of your hand.


Welllll they say that, but looking at example videos like this one with serious Sam 3 I wouldn't say its up there with the PS3/360 yet. Impressively close yes but not there yet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCTq8AITKDA

Again I think its the lack of integration of the Cellular chip that Nvidia will struggle with unless Qualcomm have seriously messed up and the performance of their next chip and its being blown away by the Tegra K1

Also I just noticed the K1 coming out first isn't 64 bit. Its irrelivent really but I cant see many manufacturers not trying to cram a 64 bit chip into their top phones now apple has done it

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