CES 2014: Nvidia unveils its scarily powerful Tegra K1 mobile chip

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CES 2014: Nvidia unveils its scarily powerful Tegra K1 mobile chip

Chips! Cores! Wibblybibbets!

Nvidia sure has been a busy bee recently.

Not only has the US-based tech firm just announced a new insanely powerful mobile processor at CES 2014, but it's also taken some time out to vandalise a field to show people in the sky what said processor looks like.

Nvidia's new chipset, which is called the Tegra K1, is the first mobile processor to be based on the Kepler architecture that powers the fastest graphics card on the planet, the Nvidia GTX 780 Ti.

The Tegra K1 comes in 32-bit quad-core or 64-bit dual Super core flavours. And thanks to the 192 cores of the Kepler GPU, you can expect current-gen console-quality graphics from both models.

The little engine that could

The K1 will support Epic's Unreal Engine 4, which is apparently the most advanced game engine in the world.

Oh, and some special magic technology gubbins inside the K1 means it won't eat your battery in ten seconds. Which is good, because sometimes you want to make phone calls on your phone.

And if that's not enough excitement for you, here's a picture of a crop circle Nvidia got some artists to make to show off what a giant green version of the K1 would look like.

I don't know why, either.

Of course, the proof of the super-powerful mobile chipset is in the phone-shaped pudding, and we've not seen the K1 running in anything yet.

But if the numbers are to be believed, then the next generation of smartphones and tablets is set to give home consoles more than a run for their money in the 'visual oomph' stakes.

You can find out more about the Tegra K1 (and have a closer look at the numbers, teraflops, and popplygibbels that make it so impressive) at the official K1 site.

Harry Slater
Harry Slater
Harry used to be really good at Snake on the Nokia 5110. Apparently though, digital snake wrangling isn't a proper job, so now he writes words about games instead.