Nvidia Tegra X1

Nvidia have just announced its follow up to the K1, the X1. It has 256 Maxwell cores and has an 8 core 64bit arm chip in a 4+4 config. 4 for heavy lifting and 4 for low power general use.

More info here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/01/nvidia-announces-tegra-x1-soc-with-maxwell-based-gpu/

Breaks the 1 teraflop mark

16.6 million pixel Max driving capacity

Nvidia surround

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Personal Side note: K1 promised huge things and largely just kind of happened with not much fan fare. The are only three devices I know of off hand that use it and only one geared toward showing it off.

It got huge hype and personally was very meh. I figured it would be from the start. And the new one is primissing even bigger and in my eyes COMPLETELY useless features in mobile context. I look forward to the hype rush and then mediocre real world preformance.

While I am specifically dumping on nvidia here their track record in mobile deserves no less.

could be cool IF SOMEDAY arm desktop are a thing, amd and qualcomm are betting that part, that I can see it coming in somehow 10 years (my unexpert prediction) then things like this make sense, but really, no need too much for tohse things that as you say are useless in the mobile context, unless they are making editing software for tablets already...still a tablet is not an efficient workspace for more than documents

Qualcomm better have something up their sleeve. Or, they will start having problems. This chip is a game changer... if it can perform and power manage very well. Because it sounds like a power hog.

It sounds like a great chip.  The saddest thing of all about it is it is geared toward mobile.  While nice to have a great picture on a mobile device its none to important if all you do is social networks and video watching.  As for the gaming aspect why do it on a phone or tablet when you can do it on a big screen.  If they developed a better interface for say a Nexus player with a better usability like i stated in my little rant about said device it would be awesome for android gaming https://teksyndicate.com/forum/android/nexus-player/191691.  Then again they were talking about using it in vehicles for environment scanning and what not for driverless features.

Nvidia Shield Portable 2, "WHERE ARE YOU?"

AMD and Valve needs to get on the ball with Mobile cause i personally believe they have been procrastinating on the mobile market. AMD keeps talking about Mobile, this, Mobile that, but i haven't heard of anything that had AMDs mobiles CPUs in it besides some absurdly cheap laptops. and Valve said they were going to bring "In-Home-Streaming" to Android and Maybe iOS but where is it?


I would rather have the 8 cores work in unison, get the clock frequencies super low like lower than 100 mhz with core shut offs, and work with device manufacturers to use the chip in their phones and tablets plus what they have worked on with the Drive CX and that other thing they announced for autonomous but scary driving. It is a real shame that Nvidia really pushes what ARM can do but fail all the time to get the chip into phones and tablets.

Yes, AMD have talked a lot but done absolutely nothing it seems with ARM. Although their next line of desktop CPUs, K12 and Zen, one of them is supposes to be an x86 ARM hybrid I think. 

While still not mobile, I think these are aimed at servers, it is an actual real start for AMD with ARM. If it works a shrunk down hybrid chip in a phone or tablet could really kick ass and would have the hype benefit of having never been done before for actual real world release.

It would also put AMD back in the position where they have got the jump on Intel again as they seem to want nothing to do with arm. It would be funny if it ended up like the Opterons where Intel are just left guessing while AMD storm away with the server market again. But this would just be desk top/server stuff and still not mobile. 

It is very odd with AMDs push for better open source, rumoured new low power high performance R9 300 cores AMD them working on an x86 ARM hybrid that they don't do like Nvidia did and release an all AMD chip for tablets and phones. 

Valve are busy cozying up to nvidia in the mibile market, releasing exclusive Portal and Half Life for the nvidia shield line. They also have not updated the steam app since some time in Android 2.3 time period. 

If they came with an update to the Steam app that updated the features and style, the current one is a little bit of a pain to use, to include what they have been up to with their desk top app it could be really good.

Also with SteamOS they are making in roads into open source, would be nice to see this adapted or slimmed down to allow streaming or even native playing of some of your steam games. But again desktop stuff on arm, specifically phones and tablets, is very much in its infancy. Ubuntu touch is only starting and not great from what I hear, but I saw Qain running some flavour of Kali on his tablet. Must look into that further.

I'm sure the power and thermals will be too much to get any decent performance out of on mobile without active cooling. Plus, like all the nVidia mobile GPUs it will be flaky and crap. IDK I don't get excited by nVidia's mobile stuff. It is always disappointing no matter how powerful they claim it to be.

Not necessarily, i do agree it pulls a metric ass-tonne of heat and it's a bit disappointing in some sense but, its been doing fairly well in some Chromebooks.  i personally wouldn't put the Tegra into a tablet, but with the Nvidia Shield Portable, it actually kept the little thing cool, i think this new Tegra might do a TINY bit better than the old Tegra chip. especially since the massive efficiency that these Maxwell chips have.

AMD has just begun developing custom arm chip, so it's not that has done nothing, is that its not yet available for consumers.

Servers is qhere real money is, and some people say homeservers will be a huge thing in the upcoming years, I do believe that, so if its ARM-linux based servers, there you got your clue why amd is supporting open-source so hard, specially since opensource is matching (and sometimes being better or the only alternative, like in servers or meshlab/cloudcompare for example) 

oh and k12 is the developing arm core what you're thinking of hybrid is the socket, with project skybridge, I think is aimed to reduce cost to motherboard manufacturers so the would support better AMD than Intel