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NVIDIA bringing its desktop graphics to next year's mobile Tegra, watch it render a face in real time

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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.

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:20 9

1. SakuroAkino (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


but still nokia will upgrade only Camera in 2014

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:24 5

2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Lets see about that if gdr3 comes

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:28 10

4. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


what? This article is about nvidia's project logan!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:31

5. SakuroAkino (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


anytime
anywhere
any place :D

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:27 3

3. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Amazing graphics...I wonder one day animated movies will come as instructions to GPU instead of stored frames :)

Don't get hopes high on next year...now a days nvidia comes late to party!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:45

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 725; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Tegra 4 came to late and announced too soon, i do hope "Logan" will come early next year not late next year.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:17

10. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...in fact still waiting for a T4 retail device...T4 hasn't moved from announcement > retail > consumer...poor nvidia...their profits are going down!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:51

12. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


That would be somewhat interesting, except for the part that they would have to include "graphic settings" (or: playing your movie on ultra settings with 24x FSAA, tesselation, etc.)
And movies would be susceptible to lag :(
And a "high end" movie would be unplayable on low-end graphic chips/cards (you can't actually play a full-HD movie, fullscreen with no stuttering on the first Atom netbooks, can you?)

That aside, would be great since the file sizes would be smaller, with a good encryption algorithm it could be even smaller, since the CPU would only decipher it while the GPU gets the rendering job done, no codecs needed!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:03 2

13. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


I'm sick of this sh*t... processors are powerful enough..the companies should provide more storage and more battery..i can't believe we are in 2013 and some phone's limite is 16GB with no microsd.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:47

14. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


yeah but thats because android is still laggin no matter of processing power

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:54

17. ztkells (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


dynamo.one is right though. processing power isn't what is needed and won't cure the lag either. 4GB of ram should do the trick though.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:16

15. Shatter (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The future of video is Vector.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:38 5

6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 864; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The video does say that the reference tablet uses "2-3 watts", so the answer about power consumption is right there.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:54 3

8. aayupanday (Posts: 457; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Shut up and release Tegra 4 first...
Or cancel it and release Logan.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:58

9. livyatan (Posts: 657; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This pretty much means that a device like the Shield 2 or a tiny android console could close in to the Xbox one and PS4 in terms of processing ability.(the memory bandwidth will stil have ways to go though)
I take it will reach over 500GFLOPS, or even up to 1TFLOP wihout thermal constrictions, and be done in 16nm finFET process.
And if Nvidia licenses it at a decent price, we could see this even in the next Apple and Samsung phones and tablets

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 10:20

11. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


we are far from 16nm process...but it takes nothing to dream about it :)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:19

16. Shatter (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 May 2013)


No we are not intels broadwell chips coming next year are 14nm.

The Radeon R9 series is 20nm and nvidia maxwell is 20nm, you will see a 14nm gpu in 2016.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 19:10

18. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i still dont understand how they plan on cooling it.

nvidia project is awesome though.

battery manufacturing and the programmers have to really step up to catch up.

its like they are a generation behind the tech

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 05:03

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2339; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


NVIDIA is silent so far, i think they would bring something big.

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