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Nvidia Corp. on Monday introduced its new Tega system-on-chip (SoC) devices for smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and automobiles. The new chips feature 32-bit or 64-bit general-purpose central processing units as well as graphics adapters with Kepler architecture. Code-named “Logan” SoCs will significantly improve quality of video games for various devices.

Nvidia Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. The first version uses a 32-bit quad-core (4-plus-1) ARM Cortex A15 microprocessor. The second version uses a custom, Nvidia-designed 64-bit dual-core microprocessor code-named "Denver", which delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance thanks to 7-way superscalar architecture. It is based on the ARMv8 instruction set, which brings the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing. Both versions of Tegra K1 deliver leading-edge graphics performance thanks to a Kepler architecture graphics processing unit with 192 stream processors. The Tegra K1 GPU includes four ROPs [raster operating units] and has a 128KB L2 cache between the ROPs and the 64-bit memory interface.

Both Tegra K1 system-on-chips feature DDR3L/LPDDR2/LPDDR3 memory controller, 4K video decoder and encoder, security engine, industry-standard input/output interfaces, HDMI output and so on. The Nvidia Tegra K1 processor includes a brand new, high performance dual-ISP core that supports up to a 100Mpixel sensor, handling 4096 simultaneous focus points, and providing a throughput of 1.2Gigapixels per second.

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 visually rich titles to mobile devices.

“With the introduction of this revolutionary processor, we can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra. From here onward, I think we are 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," said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and developer of Unreal Engine.

According to Nvidia, Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to deliver faster performance than current generation consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3).

The 32-bit version is expected in devices in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit version is expected in devices in the second half of the year. Both chips will be made using 28nm HPM process technology.

Tags: Nvidia, Tegra, Logan, Kepler, 28nm, Geforce

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1 5 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/07/14 05:37:17 AM]
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What does AMD's Mantle have to do with this article?!
You stoned or just enjoy trolling like beenthere (same account?)? )
4 2 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/07/14 07:00:02 AM]
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I was arguing against this point, idiot:

"From here onward, I think we are 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,"

Now, perhaps you would like me to discuss how this Nvidia chip is vapourware? And do stop that pathetic passive aggressive smilie at the end of your sentence.
1 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/07/14 08:39:56 AM]
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"Idiot"??
I guess you've just proved of what I've wrote.
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/07/14 02:48:33 PM]
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No logic in your argument. An insult will be met with an insult. As simple as that turd brain.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/07/14 03:25:25 PM]
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mantle will work for nvidia if they make support for it.
1 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 01/07/14 07:11:59 AM]
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To many IFs. So far it only supports Windows OS, and still no games out on it yet...
3 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/07/14 07:16:58 AM]
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hahaha ... in plants VS zombies sure.. real games... NOPE.
0 2 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 01/07/14 01:30:20 PM]
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Besides AMD **CANCELED** the CES mantle demo of bf4... does not bode well at all since BF4 is the **ONLY** game to support mantle with a "release date" ... even if that release date is not passed due with NO eta.
2 2 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 01/07/14 02:19:02 PM]
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Hmm... this is just catching up to the 360/PS3, and they're talking as though they've caught up to high-performance PC specs? Am I missing something? Couple that with the fact that many of these devices are sporting super hi-res displays, and Xbox 360/PS3-level performance doesn't seem all that hot. It's impressive for the power usage level, but not against a "high-performance PC."
0 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/07/14 11:42:04 AM]
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Well the article mostly regurgitates CEO marketing Babble, so go read Anand's review(even his preliminary reviews are more thorough than most tech. sites ever get around to publishing).
You will have to read about 5 good 5+ page reviews, to get at the hardware and software implications of Nvidia's merging their mobile and desktop roadmaps, and utilizing the Kepler based technology (By No means should anyone assume that they will be exactly the same between Mobile and Descrete kepler, but they are based on the a compatible Kepler technology that the software will Not see any difference in). Having a mobile CPU/GPU "APU" type Nivida processor that can utilize the Full desktop/descrete GPU versions of OpenGL/OpenCL/CUDA is a big deal, as far as being able to run desktop applications, or mobile applications based on desktop code, on a moble device, without having to use the reduced functionality mobile versions of OpenGL/etc. So the full specs of these devices will gradually leak out, up to the date the final consumer based SKUs arriving, and the indipendent benchmarks will then reveal any Marketing half truths that come, part and parcel, with any tradeshow product promotion.
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 01/07/14 12:23:04 PM]
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Pathetic fanboism, instead give us some real data like frequencies and benchmarks, not beautiful pictures with no technical data.
1 0 [Posted by: mosu  | Date: 01/07/14 03:48:38 PM]
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Yep, it's called vapourware.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/08/14 01:54:31 AM]
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I love PR/marketing speak, makes no difference if its AMD/Intel/NV, they all gloss over what their tech is capable of but NV/AMD and Intel especially have made an art out of marketing speak

According to Nvidia, Tegra K1 is also the first mobile processor to deliver faster performance than current generation consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)


'faster performance' means absolutely sweet FA without independent benchmarks
0 1 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/09/14 03:35:21 AM]
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