NVIDIA moves production of its TEGRA chips to Yakutsk to circumvent overheating problems
Both company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Yakutsk mayor Aisen Nikolayev were present at the celebratory occasion, which featured an ensemble of Siberian bears dancing to the tunes of lively balalaika performances. At -5 degrees Celsius, the day was warm and sunny by the town's weather standards. Donning typical Yakutian male fashion - muskrat fur cap, sheepskin shuba coat, and reindeer skin boots, Mr. Huang expressed his excitement to a crowd of journalists from regional newspaper Gazeta Yakutia, unsuspecting fur-clad bystanders, and a slightly confused bear.
Worker preparing a batch of TEGRA 4 chips
To insure the production process, the semiconductor plant had to poach several hundred blast furnace workers and outfit them with specialized heat-resistant clothing, despite implementing an extensive cooling system. Unfortunately, TSMC failed to achieve sufficient yield rates, which resulted in a burning deficit of TEGRA 4-based devices throughout 2013, in addition to many workers being rendered unable to bear the normal temperatures outside their working environment. The mishaps prompted NVIDIA to take matters in its own hands, lest it missed another full year of actually competing in the mobile silicon market.
The company will invest further into fitting seemingly impossible numbers of GPU cores on its chips
TEGRA K1, features a whopping 192 Kepler cores - a number, which the CEO laughed off as a “small step” towards the company's ultimate goal - to make a complete chipset solution with no CPU cores whatsoever, only graphics ones.
1. DirtySoul (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Ahaha, good one, by far the funnies 1st April Joke.
15. RandomUsername (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
SwiftKey FlowHard is pretty hilarious too. And Sony Power Food :D
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
rofl this is awesome, nice April fools joke. Even NVidia doesn't deny that K1 has huge heat issues lol...
The internal frustration rising inside nVidia might have resulted in this joke.. Imagine you are having an awesome, fast, tough SoC in hand owning other SoCs but you can't just launch it because it burns power like no other.
12. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I think its quite the opposite, they are poking fun at the idea. April fools.
3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
They should use Liquid Nitrogen cooling system on their Tegra K1 chips.
5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
IKR what if all these announcements today are real and we think they're april's fools
7. AnukulVcool (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
yakutsk is a beautiful place , but be strong to go there
8. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Is it really that bad? Has it really deserved that reputation?
I mean, if you said Pentium 4 prescott generation, sure. Otherwise not funny.
10. linaresx (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)
Here's an idea...liquid cooled cores. You'd just have to carry a flask full of Prestone.
14. express77 (unregistered)
we are reading out of the world news today