Nvidia has been among the most anticipated brands in the lead up to CES 2014, mainly due to their tantalizing hints about coming processors for more powerful smartphones. Yesterday, they finally revealed their new Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU, which will be the next generation of power for the Android.
What makes this such an exciting release is that it isn’t, as expected, merely a chip for coming “superphones”. It is instead a multi-purpose processor that will be going in everything from Android mobile phones, to computers, to televisions, and even cars.
Though it is the latest in the Tegra family, CEO Jen-Hsun spoke out against media reports calling it the Tegra 5.
It’s simply inappropriate to call it Tegra 5, it’s simply not linear. We’ve brought the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to mobile computing.
How powerful is Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU? The previous Tegra 4 possessed 72 cores. This model will have 192, and far more capabilities than its predecessor. Lending credence to Jen-Hsun’s claims that the two are not directly related, in the way more new releases would be. It may have the same name, and some of the same technology, but the Tegra K1 CPU is a whole new animal.
There will be two versions of Tegra K1 CPU being released. The first version, released within the next six months, will be a 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processor, similar to the Tegra 4 and will be clocked at 2.3GHz. The second, which will come out at the second half of this year, is the long-awaited custom 64-bit dual-core Denver ARM CPU and will clocked at 2.5GHz. While you might not think that small amount makes a difference, it means more than you would suppose.
Now, the whole concept of this being applied to things such as cars is incredible. But while there is speculation as to where that could lead (they say by 2050, half of all cars will be self driven), it is mostly a first step in that style of integration. The primary focus to come is going to be mobile devices, and they certainly seem to have created something innovative in that realm.
With the proper hardware, Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU could drastically improve the already high functionality of mobile phones. Could Android have just become the dominating force on the mobile market?
That is yet to be seen, of course. But with Nvidia as a driving force, it seems possible.