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NVIDIA Announces Tegra X1 Mobile Chip with a Teraflop of Power

I’ve been a gamer my whole life, growing up with consoles and now splitting my time between a PlayStation 4 and a PC. Though aside from a brief run with a Nintendo DS, mobile gaming has never been able to really grab me. However, when companies like NVIDIA announce a mobile chip with a teraflop of computing power, I can’t help but get excited.

NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang used CES 2015 to announce the Tegra X1 “mobile super chip,” the successor to last year’s Tegra K1. The X1 is the first mobile chip to achieve a teraflop of computing power. Don’t let the silly word “teraflop” fool you, this is an amazing achievement.

Huang showed off what the chip could do using the Unreal Engine 4 “Elemental” demo, a graphically complex, taxing 3D video from Epic Games that’s become fairly standard for showing off graphical capabilities. While Engadget’s report of the demo said that there weren’t many particle effects and there was a bit of slowdown, the fact that it was able to run at all on a mobile chip is quite a feat. Even more impressive is the fact that it did so using only 10 watts of power, when just last year Microsoft’s Xbox One needed 100 watts to run it.

Despite what it could do for mobile gaming, NVIDIA is pushing the Tegra X1 for use in their new car platforms, not unlike Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Audi’s head of electronics took the stage with Huang to praise NVIDIA for their help in Audi’s tech development, so NVIDIA might have a leg up over Google and Apple when it comes to getting their tech into cars.


I’m not an out-of-touch old man, far from it, but I feel that way when I’m consistently blown away by the developments in mobile technology. This is one of the most stunning leaps yet, and yet the chip’s graphical prowess isn’t nearly as exciting as what it could do to the driving experience. NVIDIA isn’t reinventing the wheel, but they’re making major tweaks to the system that controls the wheels.

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