Nvidia joins 64-bit club: Denver CPU core coming in H2 2014

Nvidia joins 64-bit club: Denver CPU core coming in H2 2014
Nvidia will bring its first 64-bit ARMv8 chip with a custom-designed Denver core in the second half of 2014. Nvidia is planning to bring it as part of a second-generation Tegra K1 run that will come with the same impressive 192-core Kepler SMX graphics, but this time paired with a dual-core 64-bit Denver CPU.

With Denver, Nvidia joins the 64-bit club. The Denver custom core was first unveiled at CES 2011, but it was expected to arrive later, but priorities seem to have changed now and the chip maker is full steam ahead of its own plans.

There is little technical information we know about Nvidia’s Denver, except that it’d run at turbo speed of up to 2.5GHz (no mention of nominal speeds), and that it’d be a very wide architecture, similar to Apple’s Cyclone. Denver will be a 7-wide superscalar ARMv8 chip, and, in comparison, Cortex A15 is only 3 instructions wide. Nvidia’s new CPU core will also come with 128K/64K (instruction/data) L1 cache.

Putting Nvidia's Denver announcement in context, we ought to mention that Apple was the first company to bring 64-bit chips to mobile with its custom built Cyclone core and ARMv8 instruction set. Intel’s Bay Trail tablet-focused chip is also 64-bit, but Windows 8.1 - the platform that it mainly launches with - does not come with support for its 64-bit capabilities.

So all in all, Nvidia will simply use the newly unveiled Tegra K1 name for both its 32-bit (shipping with quad-core Cortex A15 in H1) and 64-bit (shipping with dual-core Denver in H2) chips, and both will come with 192-core CUDA Kepler cores. The company definitely seems to have sped up its transition to 64-bit, and with a release date set for late this year, we should finally start seeing 64-bit Android around then as well.

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29 Comments

1. Teja171 unregistered

I want this on HTC one+

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's coming in the second half of the year, so I'd say - expect it in HTC One++

5. Teja171 unregistered

Yeah, something unusual will happen again.Something similar to what happened with the tegra 4i. LOL

3. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

so that means its only for tablets and nit smartphones.. right ?.. then what about smartphones will they only go with tegra 4i on low end ? or tegra 4 at mid end ?

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Or you may call it HTC one two two

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No, you should call it HTC One two three, testing mic one two three... testing testing one two three.

15. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

HTC AnTuTu? o.O

25. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

LOL I thought exactly same.

7. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

thats cool :)

8. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Whats the reason no manufactures using tegra chip ? please help .. ? why everyone go for snapdragon, mediatek or exynos ? why i could not see tegra 4 much in market ?

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, there are manufacturers using Tegra chip. Xiaomi is using Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800 on their Mi3, the Xiaomi Mi3 has two variants.

18. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

you can see a lot of snapdragon/mediatek processor in phones or tablet but not exynos. so far the top end and the latest exynos will only comes out in samsung device. to see exynos processor inside other product than samsung is rare.

9. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Could just call it the phone that's going to be better than all the other phones

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So one Denver core is equal to 2 Cortex-A15s? Or is it faster?

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's hard to compare one to two, even more so when we don't know the details about Denver. Still, most apps and games are dual-core optimized and Denver should be faster per core, so a dual-core Denver Tegra K1 should also theoretically be faster than a quad-core Cortex A15 K1 in most cases.

19. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

no one knows that yet. we need nvidia to disclose more info about it or have actual chip on a device so test/benchmark can be done on it to know how exactly it will fare with current cortex A15

13. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

This is what I was looking forward the most, out of all CES coverage. The most important tech announcement for at least another 6 moths! The Denver version is truly an incredible chip, with the performance comparable to the core i5 put in the surface Pro 2,(GPU included ) at only one third of power draw! Will now Nvidia haters finally shut up?

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

GPU , yes ; but not CPU ....

28. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

well even the A15 used in tegra K1 got improvement. it is based on more recent revision A15 from ARM. the most notable aspect were the tweak on power consumption. for now it might be possible that tegra K1 with the same clock as tegra 4 will consume much less power. and that's still on the same node as tegra 4 (28nm). i just hope nvidia will move tegra K1 to 20nm later

14. Amir1 unregistered

all major smartphones and tablets companies use qualcomm chips, so which companies are going to use nvidia 64 bit chip in 2H?

20. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

there will be one for sure just not from big names company maybe. also if it doesn't go as they hope they can just make white box tablet just like they did with TN7. in fact i like it more if nvidia make their own because they know the best way to optimized their own processor.

17. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

And you thought that the A7 was powerful R.I.P A7 2013-2014

21. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Tough time ahead for Qualcomm, with Mediatek hitting it hard in low cost segment, and now Nvidia upping the ante in high cost segment, this year is going to be good for us.......

22. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

" Windows 8.1 - the platform that it mainly launches with - does not come with support for its 64-bit capabilities.".....??????? what's this crap ? u, PA authors , have a long history of misinfo and this just adds to it Windows 8.1 does have a 64-bit support . My Laptop is running on a 64-bit Windows 8.1( i would have provided a screenshot of my (PCinfo) if it had been supported by the commentary system) and i am sure there r lots of others whose their PC's/laptops/tablets r running on a 64-bit Windows 8.1 who can confirm this. and obviously u r not talking about win8.1 RT because u were talking about intel processors . Not to mention that since win8.1 and 8 r actually based on the same kernel of Win7/vista/Xp, they would naturally have a 64-bit support.

23. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Amazing...

24. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Its 3X faster than Apple A7, you do the maths, much more powerful than PS3 and XBOX 360, incredible! http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/01/06/nvidia-propels-mobile-computing-with-whopping-192-core-tegra-k1/

26. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

So looking at the slideshow is this the Denver that was due in 2015? And what does that mean for Logan?

29. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

that's mean logan will got the first version of nvidia denver.

27. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

LOL they skipped all in between to make people think their were going to focus on tegra 5 and logan but jump far ahead to bring us more power but from my understanding tegra 5 had the kepler technology in the GPU nice move lets hope people will finally start using your chips.. Maybe ZTE will launch the geek again

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