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NVIDIA introduces its new Tegra X1 chip with twice the power of the Tegra K1

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NVIDIA introduces its new Tegra X1 chip with twice the power of the Tegra K1
NVIDIA held its CES press event on Sunday night, introducing its next mobile "super" chip. The 256-core NVIDIA Tegra X1 brings over one teraflop of processing power to mobile devices. That is more that twice the power that was offered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1. The NVIDIA Tegra X1 will be available in the first half of the year, and is designed for "embedded products, mobile devices, autonomous machines and automotive applications."

The NVIDIA Tegra X1 includes a 256-core Maxwell GPU, 8 CPU cores consisting of 4 Cortex-A57 and 4 Cortex-A53 CPUs, 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9), 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput and the chips are produced using the 20nm process. With the powerful Maxwell graphics power on the NVIDIA Tegra X1, the company says that the chip is the first mobile processor that can hold its own against supercomputers and game consoles.

"We see a future of autonomous cars, robots and drones that see and learn, with seeming intelligence that is hard to imagine. They will make possible safer driving, more secure cities and great conveniences for all of us. To achieve this dream, enormous advances in visual and parallel computing are required. The Tegra X1 mobile super chip, with its one teraflops of processing power, is a giant step into this revolution."-Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder, NVIDIA

How time flies! According to NVIDIA, the Tegra X1 has more power than the fastest supercomputers of 15 years ago. And while ASCI Red took up 1,600 square feet and used 500,000 watts of power (another 500,000 watts was used to cool the room the supercomputer was in), the Tegra X1 is the size of a thumbnail and draws under 10 watts of power.

source: NVIDIA

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posted on 04 Jan 2015, 23:58 12

1. ravipotter (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Launch the new shield tab already with Tegra X1

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:00

2. renz4 (Posts: 317; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Q3 or Q4 this year?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:24 1

36. sgodsell (Posts: 3077; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The X1 is rated at 10 Watt's TDP and that's running at 400 GFLOPS. Making it twice as fast as the Xbox 360. Only this is a mobile chip. Pretty cool.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:08 4

43. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Actually at 5W TDP it is 512 GFLOPs
And when underclocked to the A8X's performance level it uses 1.5W, the A8X uses 2.5W
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8811/nvidia-tegra-x1-preview/3

Pretty huge improvement from the older Tegras

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:17 1

53. juandante (Posts: 462; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


But the A8X is old gen, I know you compared as a progression in time but wait for Apples answer, hopping that it is not too late, maybe it will be equal (what is pretty well a pitty knowing Nvidia is a dedicated graphics compagny and a well known PC gfx manufaterer - I was into PC before and had often Nvidia / AMD-ATI things).

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 11:00 4

56. kryme (Posts: 326; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


a8x old??? 3 months and its old.... seriously.... we gonna wait 10 months for that answer

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:09 2

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Whoah, Great!!!

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:49 5

18. Wiencon (Posts: 1721; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


"the company says that the chip is the first mobile processor that can hold its own against supercomputers and game consoles."

Didn't we hear that 100 times before?
And what, the best what smartphones can count on are PC ports

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:45 2

31. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Just a bunch of marketing bullcrap.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:01 1

34. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Just needs properly optimized apps/games (not ported ones) and this thing can run PS4/XBO quality games on 720p.

..probably will need a 15K mah battery to keep it going for 30 minutes though.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:19 1

54. juandante (Posts: 462; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Consoles are by definition outdated the day they comes out because they must be cheap and stay for many many years on the market, and there is not a lot of competition so they don't develop a lot.

posted on 06 Jan 2015, 07:18

61. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Which actually works pretty well for game devs since they can invest (develop/optimize) their games for a console that would last years on the market.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:15 3

4. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


nice, can't wait for the first device to feature this beast.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:09

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 5258; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I hope many brands will adopt it in their flagship phones and tablets.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:18 1

5. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


the 810 is supposed to be twice as powerful as the 805. and now this is supposed to do the same. it makes me think they are talking about the 32bit k1 that went in the shield.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:59 5

27. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1097; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Actually the 810 is supposed to be 50% faster than the 805. If it were to be twice as fast then it would be 100% faster.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:10

35. sgodsell (Posts: 3077; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They already have a K1 64 bit version as well. Just look at the nexus 9 is using that version.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 11:05

57. kryme (Posts: 326; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


twice would be 200%

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 12:29

58. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


You're talking about 200% OF the original. DrPhil is talking about 100% MORE than the original. They mean the same thing.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:22 3

6. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Intel should partner up with NVIDIA and use the X1's GPU in their Core Ms and i3/i5/i7
Since this probably smokes Intel's next HD 6000 (except maybe Intel's next Iris/Iris Pro which will probably still be better)

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:30

9. renz4 (Posts: 317; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


i do heard about nvidia intend to license K1 but so far they haven't say anything yet for X1. also intel already license nvidia GPU IP. will they license nvidia design as well?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:28

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 3719; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hmm..... I heard from the comments section of this site that NVIDIA chips will kill your battery really fast. Is there any validity to this statement?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:33

12. renz4 (Posts: 317; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


you can check it here:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8296/the-nvidia-shield-tablet-review/7

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8329/revisiting-shield-tablet-gaming-ux-and-battery-life

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:11

44. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That's the past now
This new X1 is based on Maxwell

When under clocked to the A8X's performance level the X1 uses only 1.5W, while the A8X uses 2.5W

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8811/nvidia-tegra-x1-preview/3

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 02:01 2

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Not really. Tegra chips have generally average battery life. Even if the X1 is a battery hog, I wouldn't blame them. This MOBILE CHIP has half as many cores as Nvidia's entry level DESKTOP graphics card the GTX 750. That's insane.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:30

37. sgodsell (Posts: 3077; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The desktop gtx 750 runs a TDP of 55 Watts. This X1 runs a TDP of just only 10 Watts.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:21

55. juandante (Posts: 462; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I don't think you can compare. If it is the same generation the memory bandwidth must take a serious hit, maybe 1/5 of the desktop. I am sure the two are equivalent.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:29 6

8. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Another day, another claim by Nvidia that their mobile chip rivals consoles LOL.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:32 2

11. aryanfr1 (Posts: 120; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


I think you need some deep study. Go to anand tech and find about K1. This is X1 more powerful than K1

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:45 6

17. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


No, I think you need to stop assuming what I'm saying. Never doubted the processing scores of Nvidia devices, but real world applications is whole different story.

Go and dig up articles way back to Tegra 2 days to this X1. Nvidia will rinse and repeat the exact same rhetoric of being "more powerful than consoles" almost word for word, this should be a running joke by now.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 02:57 2

22. Wiencon (Posts: 1721; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


It is.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:27 1

25. aryanfr1 (Posts: 120; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


You are delusional. I admit Nvidia has most of the time overstated by directly comparing to consoles as the Tegra K1’s FLOPS count is much higher than the Xbox 360 or PS3, but its texture fill rate and memory bandwidth are both significantly smaller. The Consoles had eight render mapping units, whereas the K1 has just four but I have no doubt when it comes to mobile device. What experience you are talking about. Don't tell you have shield or you used one and gave to your brother or wife because you didn't like it. I haven't used a K1 device yet but have gone through reviews and it's excellent.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:22 1

30. joey_sfb (Posts: 5258; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I really hope 2015 mobile gaming can move up a new milestone with Android 5 and GPU focus SOC.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:14 1

45. vincelongman (Posts: 3993; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lol who cares about the past

When unclocked to the A8X's performance level the X1 uses only 1.5W while the A8X uses 2.5W

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8811/nvidia-tegra-x1-preview/3

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:59

46. aryanfr1 (Posts: 120; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Informative post. Thanks

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:06

50. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Let's be honest, who cares for nvidia's numbers ?
They also claimed they are 3X fast and 50% more efficient than A7 or so last year and it didn't turned out well.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 14:23

59. renz4 (Posts: 317; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


well i think they were doing better actually. but maybe no so much in tablet space anymore. with K1 they bring in their GPGPU stuff into mobile. now the scope for tegra is much wider. automotive is just one example. but there are also other company that interested for GPGPU like this one:

http://defense.ge-ip.com/news/ge-works-with-nvidia-on-tegra-k1-based-high-performance-embedded-computing-solution/n3093

outside GPGPU there are also stuff like this although it is directly related to their GRID solution:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8435/nvidia-vmware-preview-vgpu-chromebook-support

posted on 11 Jan 2015, 17:45

63. Batsie (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Sep 2014)


well, they were right every time. Last time they said K1 was faster than Xbox360 and PS3 and it was true, now they are competing with supercomputers from 15 years ago and I believe them.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:30

10. aryanfr1 (Posts: 120; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Today phonearena was the slowest one to post this news :( . Anyways happy to know it can go beyond 1teraflops. Welcome to new age of mobile computing

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:46

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 5258; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just visited GSMArena, people there have a more positive outlook on Nvidia X1.

X1 paper specification looks promising, however still need to see the real thing on a phone to know for sure.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8811/nvidia-tegra-x1-preview/3

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 00:35

13. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)


4 cortex-A57 and 4 cortex-A53!. Great! :)

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:29

14. Booza (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Apple A9X surely will crush this

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:40 3

16. BattleBrat (Posts: 1431; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


So little kids can scribble their hands on the screen playing the simple stupid touch based games that are available on idevices? There are games for android that DEMAND a controller. Shield devices are BUILT for gaming, even if the A9x has more power (and it might) it will be useless.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:54 3

26. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2649; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


And the next Nvidia CPU will crush that one and then Apple's A10 will crush .....and so on ...It's called progress..

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:37 1

15. BattleBrat (Posts: 1431; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Shield portable 2 with one of these in it please.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:04

48. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Agreed!
I'll order it from my K1 Shield that I wrote this on.
Wtg Nvidia, was painful to watch the announcement of it though last night.

The power of ten thousand Intel Pro chips consuming a million watts in the year 2000, now in the palm of your hands on battery.
Kudos.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 01:58

19. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Nexus 9 is obsolete now ?? :(

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:23 2

40. medicci37 (Posts: 1269; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I'm afraid so. So you want to sell?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 02:46

21. e8ght (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2013)


Now that's just GREAT!
I'm just kinda wondering how this new CPU fares when it comes to POWER EFFICIENCY, 10 watts is kinda big power draw for a mobile CPU.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:07

23. RajRicardo (Posts: 372; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


1 Teraflop?? How much does the Apple's A8 has??

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:48

33. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Efficiency:

A8x>k1>a8

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:04

49. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


More like A8>A8X> K1

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:03

47. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Hard to tell, because the clock speed is a mystery...

But it's at least 260 gigaflops for sure.
And btw, the Tegra X1 will hardly reach 1Teraflop in a regular tablet, not even talking about phones.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 03:10

24. NuRay (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


That maxwell gpu looks promising in terms of power. But I guess they dropped Denver cores. I was hoping they would push its development further.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 04:09

28. Predator1701 (Posts: 108; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


It's all great but, nvidia has been trying to get in to the game with mobile for years now.If their chips are so great why is nobody using them.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:44 1

39. elitewolverine (Posts: 5018; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Because they havent put lte in devices and their power draw wasnt great. And their claims have always been...benchmark queens. Its like taking out a 2000hp dyno queen. And comparing it to a drag car that runs 5s with 2000hp. Problem being that dyno queen only does 8s and never lived up to is 5s hype. Yay car analogy

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:07

51. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I've LTE Shield tablet,there is also Nexus 9 LTE as of recent.

True Nvidia claims the stars an delivers slightly less, but the K1 an Kepler is only matched in mobile world bya Air2 so yeah, wanna race?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 06:41

38. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Pleeeeeease Nvidia! Stop comparing your SoCs to consoles (not sure if their claims hold ground) when you know that almost no one makes so called "console level" mobile games. Take the fight to portable gaming instead with Steam game ports and make things interesting.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:29

41. elitewolverine (Posts: 5018; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Not to mention console games come with much more than just tflops....something phones most likely will never support.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:47

42. jove39 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Forgot Denver cores already?

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