During Nvidia‘s CES press conference on Sunday January 5th, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed the Tegra K1 graphics super chip. Designed to bring mobile computing to the same level as super/desktop computing, the 192 CUDA-core graphics chip is apparently the “most successful architecture” Nvidia has ever created, exclaims Huang during Sunday night’s reveal.
The Tegra K1 is designed for multiple technologies, such as Android smartphones and tablets, as well as 4K televisions, cars, and consoles. Huang also announced that Epic Games will bring it’s Unreal Engine 4 to the K1 as well. Check out the Unreal Engine 4 demonstration in the video below:
“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.” – Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA.
With the ability to enhance specific details like photo-realism, simulation, lighting, and particle effects, the K1 produces outstanding graphics that give last gen consoles a run for their money, which says a lot about the K1, considering it’s a mobile chip. The Tegra K1 supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation, which will allow and enable PC and console game developers to bring their [stunning] titles to mobile devices.
“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.” – Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and developer of Unreal Engine
The Tegra K1 will come in two versions: a 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processor, and a custom 64-bit dual-core “Denver” ARM CPU; Nvidia‘s first ever CPU which was teased during CES 2011.
For all information regarding the announcement of the Tegra K1, you can read the official Nvidia news release here. To get the specs on the Tegra K1, you can check out Nvidia’s official white paper here. To keep up with Nvidia during (and after) CES, check in on their official blog and follow them on Twitter for daily updates!