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Nvidia boasts Tflop power with Tegra X1

Posted: 06 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tegra K1  Tegra X1  4K  Drive CX  ADAS 

Nvidia opened the International CES being held in Las Vegas with three major announcements for mobile and automotive computing.

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Tegra X1, a 256-core "mobile superchip" with more than a teraflop of processing power and 16bit floating point. The 20nm X1 is both a compliment to and a step up from last year's Tegra K1. It has eight 64bit CPU cores in a 4x4 configuration, and is able to stream 4K video at 60Hz.

"Tegra X1 is able to run state-of-the-art engines that any desktop computer can run" on less than 10 Watts, Huang told attendees.

Huang said the Tegra X1 has more horsepower than ASCI Red, the world's fastest supercomputer 15 years ago and the first teraflops system.

Tegra X1

Nvidia Tegra X1 is made in a 20nm process.

The new chip runs on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture, the successor to its Kepler GPU architecture. Maxwell is deployed in top gaming graphics cards and Nvidia aims to target mobile gaming with its high-end graphics.

Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy, attended Nvidia's event and said he expects X1 to be successful in the world of gaming:

  • Time will tell how this successfully applies to mobility use cases in tablets and phones, but I'm confident that the X1 will be competitive in the tablet and portable gaming markets.

Beyond connected cars

Whether smartphones need a teraflops of performance is unclear, but cars certainly will, said Huang.

"We believe the future car is going to have an enormous amount of computation capability. We imagine these displays will replace a lot of the current capability inside your car," Huang said, adding that he expects vehicles to have more than 20 million pixels by 2020.

CEO Huang

Cars of the future will be networks of cameras and megapixel displays, said Nvidia's Huang.

The CEO described a vehicle with smart mirrors and curved or transparent displays to help avoid blind spots, and improved rear seat entertainment. Such a car would need a graphics package beyond anything currently on the market, he noted.

To that end, Nvidia announced several automotive devices based on the Tegra X1 for high-tech cars. The Nvidia Drive CX is a digital cockpit computer powered by X1 that can process to 16.8 million pixels on multiple displays—the equivalent of two 4K displays at 60Hz.

Drive CX

Drive CX is one of two new Tegra boards for cars.

"Drive CX is going to take computer graphics to a whole new level. We can reimagine the digital dashboard to create Tron-like electronics," Huang said.

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