Nvidia is showing off a new chip (its fifth gen) at the ongoing CES event, one that they refer to as Tegra K1. The name breaks the company’s usual convention, which perhaps is a way to drive home the point of the amazing capabilities of the new chip, which the US chip maker claims is even better than that of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That much processing power in a mobile device will no doubt make for an amazing proposition though unfortunately, the reality provides for mixed results.
The new Tegra K1 features 192 GPU cores, a healthy jump over the 72 graphic cores on the current Tegra 4 chip. Company sources also maintained that the chip will be launched in 2 variants, a 32 bit quad core A15 chip along with a dual core 64 bit Denver CPU. The chip is manufactured using TSMC’s 28 nm HPM process which is the same that is used to manufacture the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip.
However, the tech bits aside, the company also demoed a few custom built Tegra Note 7 tablet devices based on the Tegra K1 chip. The tablets ran custom Unreal Engine 4 build of Trine, Digital Ira real time face rendering demo, and Serious Sam 3. However, while the tablet had the Digital Ira real time face rendering demo with the Tegra K1, the same can’t be said of the chip when it came to game playing. While this is understandable considering it’s still very much a work in progress, what the Nvidia team has to keep in mind is that a refined gaming experience is just as vital as advanced multimedia functionality.