Nvidia unveils the Tegra X1 mobile superchip

Nvidia is looking to bring the power of its Maxwell GPU to more than standard devices, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiling the Tegra X1 mobile superchip during last night's CES keynote.


This year's International Consumer Electronics Show is underway and Nvidia kicked off the festivities last night with their keynote address from Las Vegas, led by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. Arguably the biggest reveal was the Tegra X1 Mobile Superchip, which promises to bring the power of its Maxwell GPU to mobile devices.

Billed as the Tegra X1 Mobile Superchip, the miniscule chip will contain the power of the 256-core Maxwell GPU, as well as an 8-core 64-bit CPU. It will be capable of 4K video at 60Hz, a first for mobile devices. It is also being touted as one of the most energy efficient processors available, doubling the performance of the Tegra K1 chip at the same power rate.

While the Tegra X1 will likely be applied to smartphones and tablets in the future, Nvidia is looking to expand its horizons further. Look for the Tegra X1 to make its way to different avenues entirely, including automobiles. Check out the full reveal below and look for more from CES as the week goes on.

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    January 5, 2015 12:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nvidia unveils the Tegra X1 mobile superchip

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      January 5, 2015 12:07 PM

      Why settle for super? They could have called it mega or ultra.

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        January 5, 2015 12:08 PM

        Wait 6 months for the Limited Tegra X1 Mobile Superchip Ultra Mega Gold Edition.

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      January 5, 2015 12:16 PM

      Checkmate, 3DFX.

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      January 5, 2015 12:17 PM

      Holy shit. That's nuts.

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      January 5, 2015 12:21 PM

      They really should have partnered with someone to announce a new tablet with this. I get they couldn't do a Shield Tablet 2 so soon, but that would have been the killer use for it.

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        January 5, 2015 12:23 PM

        Also the benchmarks that are coming out aren't doing Nvidia any favors by not really basing their comparisons on per watt performance. Yeah, it's not x2 faster than the Air 2, but their goal was to have a better ratio of performance and the 2 benchmark articles I read only focused on the raw numbers.