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

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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.

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

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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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:47 10

1. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:45 5

7. renz4 (Posts: 319; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:59 4

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 432; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:47

4. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 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 ...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:44

6. renz4 (Posts: 319; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:54 2

8. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 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.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:42

3. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 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..

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:29 2

5. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 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.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 15:05 1

9. king1000 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:01

10. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

Power consumption is still suspect

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:25

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Poor Parker...

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 11:06

12. prokshit (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 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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