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New Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra X1 processor reportedly coming soon

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New Nvidia Shield Tablet with Tegra X1 processor reportedly coming soon

Nvidia recently announced the Tegra X1, a brand new and powerful processor that comes to succeed last year's Tegra K1. As we already told you, the Tegra X1 seems to be the most advanced SoC for mobile applications ever made, though it's unlikely that we'll see it in too many mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. According to Fudzilla, one of the tablets that should be powered by the X1 will be Nvidia's own successor to the Shield Tablet (which was launched last year for prices starting at $299).

The new Shield Tablet could be announced on March 17, or earlier. There aren't any details regarding its features (besides the inclusion of the Tegra X1 chipset), but Nvidia might want to keep the 8-inch form factor of the original Shield - since this has proven to be quite successful. The original Shield already received its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, so it makes sense for the new one to ship with Lollipop on board.

The Tegra X1 processor comes with eight 64-bit CPU cores (4 Cortex-A57, and 4 Cortex-A53 cores), and a 256-core Maxwell GPU, which should make the upcoming Shield Tablet a beastly device. We'll bring more on this as soon as new info arrives.

source: Fudzilla

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posted on 06 Feb 2015, 23:30 1

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


8 64 bit CPU cores!?!? How many does the iPad have? lol, This sounds like an awesome piece of tech, too bad I'm not really interested in tablets.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 05:09 1

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4163; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Not all cores are the same
Basically the X1 there are 4 big cores and 4 little cores
The A8X huge 3 huge cores and the Denver K1 has 2 huge cores

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 05:54 1

14. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I doubt this one will be faster than the ipad's A8X. It will only use 4 cores at the time. And while this is still one more than the A8X, they are going back to ARM's default design, which means this CPU will be 3 way superscalar. The A8X is 6 way and the current Denver K1 is 7 way.
The A8X is able to process double the instructions per clock cycle against the X1, so that extra core won't make the difference. That's why I though the Denver K1 was a marvelous piece of engineering. Only two advantages of the X1 will be less power hungry and heat development because of the 4 little cores and the 20 nm procedure.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 06:52 1

17. jove39 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There was one problem with k1...its ARM decoder is only 2 wide...that is 1 less than vanilla arm core...however native instruction decoder is 7 wide.

You should read nexus 9 review on anandtech...you'll enjoy it.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 07:05

18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Do you have a link to it? Can't seem to find the Nexus 9 review that describes what you said

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 15:37

26. jove39 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Its in designing Denver section.

"The ARM decoder is not quite a backup, but it is not intended to be the main source of operations for Denver over the long run. Rather the bulk of the work for Denver should come from its binary translator, and only a small fraction of infrequently used code should hit the ARM decoder. At only 2 instructions wide this decoder is narrower than even A15’s decoder, not to mention it forms an entirely in-order pipeline that misses out on the instruction rescheduling and other optimizing benefits of the software code optimizer. Never the less it serves an important role in situations where Denver can’t use native code by giving it a means to immediately begin executing ARM code. This as a result makes Denver a kind of hybrid design, capable of executing either ARM instructions or NVIDIA’s own internal microcode."

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 12:36 1

21. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You and your technical rationality really takes the fun out of trolling. lol. Thank you for the education good sir.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 12:42 2

22. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


lol sorry bout that, keep on trollin' ;)

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 13:37

23. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1119; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It should be able to use all 8 cores at the same time. ARM now allows heterogeneous multi processing which means you can access the use of all 8 cores at the same time. It's been used in the Exynos chipsets and I would think nVidia would want it in their X1.

I agree though that this may not beat Apple's A8X, at least in single core performance, but it may beat it in multi-core performance.

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 20:10 1

34. Niva. (Posts: 420; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Umm... the A8X came out as a direct response to the Denver architecture and barely edged it out. The X1 will simply destroy it on all fronts, especially when it comes to graphics performance. This will be the tablet to buy in 2015 and the chance of Apple actually topping it in performance over the next year are very low.

That being said I hope they stick to 8" and 1080 instead of trying to up the resolution to something unreasonable and useless. The current shield is a beastly tablet at a bargain price. In 2016 look out for a die shrink and a modem being added to this beast to make for some really intriguing desktop replacement phones.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 00:17 2

2. Chuck007 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Hmm.. might as well release a Windows 10 version as well. Being able to streamplay both Xbox One and PC on this will be something special.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 05:14

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4163; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


You can already stream from PC
Or Limelight (for any Android and Nvidia GPUs)
Or Kainy (for any Android and AMD GPUs)

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 14:52

25. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


yeah but he's referring to the feature where Windows 10 can stream Xbox One games. Dunno why anyone would ever want to do that, but I guess for the few that do, that would be a killer feature.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 15:52 2

27. vincelongman (Posts: 4163; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Streaming from Xbox One to a weaker laptop or tablet would be useful

But streaming from Xbox One to a gaming PC and forcing the far weaker Xbox One to do the processing is just dumb

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 00:34

3. SyCo87 (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


I have no doubt that this would explode right when you fire up this baby.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 00:43 3

4. ianneo (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


That's what people said about the K1. My Shield Tab is fine :/

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 01:33 1

5. SyCo87 (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


I meant that as a compliment. This Tegra chip is a beast.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 01:36

6. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


On the other hand, it requires far more power than other chips. So maybe it's beastly bud because of power, nobody cares for it in mobile market - even an old i7 is "beastly".

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 05:57

15. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


The new X1 should be a lot less power hungry because of the 4 little cores and the 20 nm procedure.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 06:04 2

16. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


And the new GPU will be less power hungry than the A8X (with better performance)

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 03:24

9. ianneo (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


Oh I see. But the battery life is crap lol

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 01:54

7. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


It's a beast...... on nVidia's paper.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 03:11 2

8. MaryPoopins (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Please Google, do another 16:9, 7" Nexus Tablet and throw one of these in, then you have a day 1 customer :)

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 05:38

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1604; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


*16:10

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 20:53

29. MaryPoopins (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


You know what I meant :P
Heheh

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 03:43 1

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


I need this

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 07:57 1

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


I'm sold on one if an when available.

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 05:13

31. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I am curious about it, not only spec wise but what will the other improvements on the older model be. If it's any good, I will certainly replace my current shield.

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 08:37

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


I don't know if we'd see a lot of change elsewhere, hidden cosmetics an maybe a display.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 10:55

20. FlyingDutch (banned) (Posts: 97; Member since: 30 Jan 2015)


Another paper-champion from nVidia

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 05:12 1

30. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2751; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Another stupid shortsighted comment from FD

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 14:50 1

24. Drsarcastic (Posts: 131; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Am I the only one waiting for the shield portable 2?

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 17:17

28. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Nope, I'm waiting as well :-(

posted on 08 Feb 2015, 09:02 1

33. Jack58221 (Posts: 153; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Never got into shield portable idea... The tablet + case is still pocket size with a bigger screen. You can always get a controller if you really want.

posted on 10 Feb 2015, 19:18

36. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Try balancing the tablet on your knees while using the controller, and cases/folios /stands dont help much. The portable is self contained and much easier to use. Have you ever used a portable? No one I know who has actually used would ever say such a thing

posted on 09 Feb 2015, 20:17

35. Savage80HD (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


So I was literally going to get the k1 shield tablet this weekend... Is this worth waiting to hear a release date on this one? I mean, I'm sure it will be better, but will it be THAT much better? Or is this mostly solving the power consumption issue with the bennifit of a SLIGHT performance bump? And the biggest question I haveis, will it cost more than the previous gen? Or will we see those prices drop?

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