NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, introducing the Tegra K1 in LasVegas, January 6 2014
NVIDIA unveils most powerful mobile GPU at CES

Las Vegas, January 6, 2014: Graphical computing king, NVIDIA, used the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show here to unveil its most powerful mobile processor ever the Tegra K1, a 192-core super chip that is arguably the fastest portable GPU on the planet.

“Over the past two decades, NVIDIA invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA. “With Tegra K1, we’re bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device.”

Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions. The first version uses a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1™ ARM Cortex A15 CPU. The second version uses a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed “Denver”) delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. It is based on the ARMv8 architecture, which brings the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing.

Both versions of Tegra K1 deliver stunning graphics and visual computing capabilities powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU. The 32-bit version is expected in devices in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit version is expected in devices in the second half of the year.

Such features enable Tegra K1 to run the world’s most advanced game engine, Unreal Engine 4. Unreal Engine is the most successful commercially licensed game engine, powering hundreds of games on high-end PCs and consoles. “With the introduction of this revolutionary processor, we can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra,” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and developer of Unreal Engine.

Tegra K1 is the first processor to bring advanced computational capabilities to mobile – leveraging its advanced GPU to deliver new mobile experiences is diverse fields including vehicle electronics.

More details of the Tegra K1 here

At its press conference at CES, NVIDIA announced it was behind the construction of the unique crop circle, which depicts the Tegra K1 chip. NVIDIA wanted to celebrate the remarkable engineering achievement of Tegra K1 with something that was equally otherworldly – an intricate and elaborate crop circle came to mind! We have a video of the crop circle on our home page