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

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.



1. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

but still nokia will upgrade only Camera in 2014

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lets see about that if gdr3 comes

4. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

5. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

anytime anywhere any place :D

3. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 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!!!

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

10. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

12. zennacko unregistered

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!

13. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

14. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

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

17. ztkells

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The future of video is Vector.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2442; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

11. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

18. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

19. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

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