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Tegra X1 has a teraflop of processing power

Nvidia's new chip is based on Maxwell PC architecture

Nvidia has claimed that its new X1 chip will be the first mobile processor with a full teraflop of computing power.

The X1 is an update to the Tegra K1, which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show last year. It combines an 8-core 64-bit CPU with a 256-core GPU based on Nvidia's Maxwell PC architecture, and it will feature in products available in the first-half of 2015.

The company demonstrated the capability of the Tegra X1 onstage at CES 2015, with Epic Games' "Elemental" demo used as an example of its potential for mobile gaming. Epic developed Elemental as a showcase for high-end PCs in 2012, and yet the Tegra X1 ran it with, "just a fraction of the power."

"We built Elemental to push high-end PC and console features, and also to show early capabilities of Unreal Engine 4," said Epic CEO Tim Sweeney. "As seen with today's demonstration of Elemental on Tegra X1, Nvidia continues to extend what developers can create with striking results.

"With its Maxwell architecture, Tegra X1 is equipped to run rich, beautiful experiences not previously seen on mobile devices."​​

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Latest comments (2)

Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee2 years ago
Their strategy of using existing high end PC architecture for mobile adaptations is an interesting move. We first saw this in the Tegra K1. the architecture is far more advanced and more flexible than their Geforce ULP ever was.

I can't help but think there may be a price to pay though. Many of the features and API standards aren't relevent to mobile, where OpenGLES rules the roost. If they are able to do this without sacrificing energy efficiency, they're onto a winner. I'm not sure if the K1 was quite as efficient as its competition in this sense.

Overall, its incredible to see this power in a portable, fanless product.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development2 years ago
Always nice to see progress in the right places.

Regarding the fanless comment, that's my biggest concern with how these things are going. Right now, Apple seems to think that my hand makes the ideal heatsink. Not sure why it gets so damned hot compared to a similar Android running the same game.
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