NVIDIA, one of the biggest graphics card manufacturers, has now announced for CES 2014 that they will be producing a new mobile GPU that will compete with graphics from other platforms such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The Tegra K1 will feature 192 GPU cores, 5w power and plenty more horsepower than both the Xbox and PlayStation of the previous generation. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, NVIDIA has also announced that Epic Games is bringing Unreal Engine 4, one of the biggest next-gen gaming engines out there, to the K1 which is a very bold move! The K1 also brings huge gains to things like physics simulation, particle effects, lighting systems, and comes part and parcel with support for DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4. From stylized cartoon graphics to accurate representations of office buildings, the graphical advantages from this chip will far exceed what many thought would be the wrong move for the company. NVIDIA’s current generation Tegra 4 mobile chips – which feature 72 GPU- are used by Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet, Asus’s Transformer Pad Infinity hybrid, the Toshiba Excite Pro tablet and Xiaomi’s Phone 3, so we are expecting much more from this stronger chip in comparison.
But NVIDIA are not shooting largely for graphical edge over competitors AMD, but more for vehicle usage. Mr Huang, Co-owner and CEO of NVIDIA, told the press conference that the Tegra K1 would also be targeted at car makers wishing to introduce processor-intensive self-drive facilities. “You’ll have a supercomputer in your car,” he said.
The 32-bit version of the Tegra K1 is intended to appear in devices before mid-2014 and the 64-bit version by the end of the year.