NVIDIA Launches Tegra X1 Mobile Super Chip
NVIDIA Launches Tegra X1 Mobile Super ChipNVIDIA

Tegra Chipset manufacturer NVIDIA has launched its new mobile SoC Tegra X1 at the International CES 2015.

The latest System-on-Chip is based on their proprietary 256 core Maxwell GPU. The chipset also features an eight core CPU running at 64 bit architecture. The Tegra X1 is the next generation SoC of Tegra K1 released last year.

The Tegra K1 SoC has been featured in the current Google Nexus 9 tablet developed by HTC. Combined with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Tegra K1 was the first SoC to introduce 64-bit computing in the Google Android platform.

The latest Tegra X1 is the first mobile SoC to achieve 1 teraflop throughput milestone. The X1 is also capable of handling 4K videos at 60Hz with a wide array of video format support including H.265, H.265 and Vp9. The chipset is also capable of handling up to 1.3 gigapixels of camera. The manufacturer claims that Tegra X1 will support most of the popular graphic standards, including Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA< OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack. NVIDIA claims the Tegra X1 is twice as powerful as the Tegra K1.

The Tegra X1 feature 8 CPU cores, which consists a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A57 CPU and another Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 CPU.

The press release further mentions that the Tegra X1 will be featured in NVIDIA Drive car computers. Significantly, the DRIVE PX is an auto-pilot computing platform that can process video from up to 12 onboard cameras, providing Surround-Vision for a seamless 360-degree view around the car, and Auto-Valet, for true self-parking.

DRIVE CX is a complete cockpit platform designed to power the advanced graphics required across the increasing number of screens used for digital clusters, infotainment, head-up displays, virtual mirrors and rear-seat entertainment.

The Nvidia Tegra X1 based devices are yet to arrive in the market, but according to the company, several new products running on X1 are queued to get released by the first half of this year.

Key Specifications

  • 256 Core Maxwell GPU
  • 8 CPU cores (4x ARM Cortex A57 + 4x ARM Cortex A53)
  • 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
  • 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
  • 20nm process