Nvidia unveils next generation Tegra: welcome Erista, the son of Logan

Nvidia unveils next generation Tegra: welcome Erista, the son of Logan
In a bit of an unexpected news, Nvidia unveiled its new generation of Tegra chips, Erista, at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Nvidia is naming its chipsets after comic book heroes, and Erista is no exception - after the Tegra K1, code-named Logan (the ‘civil’ name of the Wolverine), Erista comes as a logical successor, as that is the name of the son of Logan.

The new chip is slated to come in 2015, and it replaces the previously planned Nvidia Parker. Interestingly, while Parker was listed to come with a new Denver CPU (with two 64-bit large ‘super-cores’), Erista only confirms that it’d be based on a Maxwell GPU and gives no details about the CPU that will power it. Parker was also planned to be manufactured on the FinFET (tri-gate in Intel speak) process, whereas for Erista, Nvidia does not disclose the manufacturing process.


To an even larger surprise, the Maxwell GPU that Nvidia last showed plans for at GTC 2013 has also changed from the initial proposal, as it’s key feature is no longer listed to be Unified Virtual Memory, but DirectX12 support. Nvidia has also reshuffled its GPU plans, delaying the earlier unveiled Volta GPU for an undisclosed amount of time, and pushing in a new Pascal GPU after Maxwell. Pascal inherits a lot of the marquee features of Volta like Unified Memory and 3D Memory, plus it will also be the first graphics card to come with a new NVLink, an alternative to PCIe that aims to be a faster bus.

Going back to Nvidia’s Tegra chips, the company announced that Audi will be using Tegra SoCs for their car collision sensors. Audi even brought a car on stage (neatly, the car drove itself up on stage) to show the new Audi Connect computer based on the Tegra K1.

Nvidia is shipping its Tegra K1 in the second half of the year, but apart from the Audi partnership, we have not heard any big names adopting the company’s solution. The competition in the silicon space has only intensified recently, as in the past couple of years Apple and Samsung have stepped up their own chip development efforts. Nonetheless, it's a big market out there, isn't it? With all this in mind, we are wondering what you think of this latest reshuffle in Nvidia's plans: do you see the Erista chip catching up with solutions from other chip makers? 


source: Nvidia via AnandTech

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12 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Well thats not bad, atleast my ears will not get bored hearing Qualcomm Qualcomm all the time if nvidia succeed

7. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

which means nvidia is not giving up their SoC business anytime soon

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

well first they should focus on making Tegra k1 on smartphone by lowering power consumption....

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The K1 is not even out yet . I don't high hopes too, but can we at least wait until its out to see what happens ...

6. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

you can get one if you buy the development board 'Jetson TK1'

8. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

A) the A15 tegra K1 is significantly (1.4x) more efficient than previous chips. B) nvidia isnt doing will in mobile phone industry because qualcomm has a monopoly, nvidia will be focusing on other areas such as tablets, micro consoles, smart cars, ect. C) Nvidia claims their dual core denver chip is 4x as efficient as the A15 based chip that they are about to come out with. wait 6 months.

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

theres 2 repeated slides and no erista _http://wimages.vr-zone.net/2014/03/NVIDIA-Tegra-Erista-GTC-2014.png ---------- good to see nVidea finally stepping their game, going to maxwell next year will be another huge jump in performance... the K1 sould have been released long ago , kepler is more than 2y old..

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

If you've seen some the stuff they have done with Maxwell, the K1 is just a stepping stone to something really good down the road.

9. king1000

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

For android it should be qualcomm for phones and tegra for tablets in my opinion

10. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Power consumption is still suspect

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Poor Parker...

12. prokshit

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

The reason they are not doing well in mobile space is because they drop off their support after a year or so ( Moto Atrix,Htc one x.. lg hd something) so no manufacturer can take the risk of abondoning their phones or customers and also their chips get ridculoulsy HOT !! and most of all the gaming is full of C**P ,the games RUN LIKE S**T! on these chips .. only the tegra exclusive run ok...So i dont think anybody will invest in their chips

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