NVIDIA Announces The Powerful Tegra X1 SoC

NVIDIA Announces The Powerful Tegra X1 SoC

Ever since the premiere of NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, the American company’s chips have been considered big contenders to Qualcomm SoCs. Even Google noticed the big potential in the Tegra K1 and used it to power the Nexus 9 tablet. This year’s CES brings the new SoC by NVIDIA: the powerful Tegra X1, which brings portable devices into a different level.

This chip includes an octa-core 64-bit CPU paired to a 256-core GPU. The latter is based on the Maxwell architecture. The same architecture is used in the latest full sized NVIDIA desktop graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 980. According to NVIDIA’s announcement, the X1 provides twice the performance of its predecessor with previous-generation Kepler architecture.

The Tegra X1 is rated to handle 4K video at 60 hertz, using both the H.265 and VP9 standards. It should also consume about 40% less power under the same load. NVIDIA X1 has more horsepower than the fastest supercomputer of 15 years ago – ASCI Red. A TeraFlop performance in X1 is achieved with just 10 watts of power, while ASCI Red needed 1.600 square feet and 500.000 watts to cool down the system. Needless to say, it sounds quite impressive.

The Tegra X1 supports all major graphics standards, including Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA®, OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack, making it easier for developers to bring PC games to the mobile platform. Tegra X1’s technical specifications include:

  • 256-core Maxwell GPU
  • 8 CPU cores (4x ARM Cortex A57 + 4x ARM Cortex A53)
  • 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
  • 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
  • 20nm process

NVIDIA will certainly use the new SoC in upcoming devices. It will also be used in the newly announced NVIDIA DRIVE car computers, which will be able to process video from up to 12 onboard cameras. Cars with NVIDIA’s latest SoC should not only be fast, but also very safe. Will this SoC be as successful as its predecessor? We are keen to find out.

[via Android Police]

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