NVIDIA bringing its desktop graphics to next year's mobile Tegra, watch it render a face in real time
NVIDIA's renowned desktop graphics card architecture is making its way into mobile devices, the chip maker announced. Called Project Logan, the undertaking will materialize in the next generation Tegra chipset, that is slated to arrive in the first half of 2014. “We’ve been working on this for years to get the convergence,” said NVIDIA's senior VP Dan Vivoli.
The test results seem to be pretty encouraging, as NVIDIA took a prototype to demo at the Siggraph conference that is going on, doing one of the most trying tasks - rendering a human face in real-time. Previously this demo called "Ira" was done using a powerful desktop machine, but now it is fully functional on a Project Logan mobile silicon.
The frame rate and resolution are understandably slower than with the workstation, but knowing NVIDIA's desktop graphics chops, we are still expecting the new Tegra chipset that will arrive with the same architecture for the first time to have exceptional rendering prowess. At what level of power consumption, though, remains to be seen.