64-Bit Tegra K1 Processor from Nvidia Will Bridge Gap Between Desktop and Mobile

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At CES 2014 today, Nvidia revealed its next mobile processor, dubbed Tegra K1. It will come as an addition to the company’s fifth-generation Tegra chip line-up, and will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The Tegra K1 will be compatible with next-generation graphics, thanks to the 192 Kepler graphics cores in the GeForce graphics card and Tesla supercomputer accelerators. The 32-bit model will be powered by a quad-core 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU, while the 64-bit model will run on a dual-core CPU based on the ARMv8 architecture.

Nvidia’s Tegra K1 holds the possibility of bringing high-end apps, usually only employed by designers, gamers, and supercomputers, to mobile devices. The company’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, demonstrated the 64-bit mobile processor running Android at CES today.

The company had previously hinted at its latest mobile processor by creating crop circles in Salinas, California earlier this month. While some mistook the crop circles for alien contact, they were merely an indication of the 192 Kepler cores packed into the K1 processor.

Consumers can expect to see the 32-bit model in devices as soon as the first half of this year, while the 64-bit version should hit the market during the second half of the year.



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