Maxwell-based Tegra X1 powers Drive CX, Drive PX systems for infotainment, driverless cars
To kick off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage to unveil the company's newest offerings for mobile computing and in-car systems. Nvidia's newest processor, the Tegra X1, leverages the Maxwell GPU technology released last year to produce a new "mobile super chip." The invention of the new processor was necessary to power Nvidia's two other announcements during the show that look toward the future of the automotive industry, the Drive CX and Drive PX systems.
Honda Connect touchscreen system arriving in Europe early next year
Honda's future in-car entertainment systems will be using Tegra processors, Nvidia has revealed. Joining the ranks of BMW, Tesla, Audi, and others, the Honda Connect infotainment system will use an embedded version of Android combined with the Nvidia processors, though it will be using the older Android 4.0.4 rather than a newer version.
Legal filing on Nvidia website pulled following HTC tablet name leak
Nvidia may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a HTC-produced Nexus tablet. A legal filing by the chip producer names the tablet as the "HTC Nexus 9", something which matches earlier leaks pointing towards a tablet codenamed Flounder and the T1, with the document also suggesting it will be introduced in the next few months.
Tegra K1 with dual-core 64-bit Denver processor, 192-core Kepler GPU due later this year
Nvidia has revealed some of the architectural details of the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1 System on Chip (SoC). Revealed eight months after the original 32-bit version, the 64-bit version uses Denver, an architecture project originally meant for use in servers, with the company claiming it will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for use with Android.
Tegra K1-powered Acer Chromebook 13 boasts 13-hour battery life
Acer has launched its first Chromebook using Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip and a 1080p display option. Aside from opting for a Tegra chip instead of the Core i3 the C720 uses, the new Chromebook 13 with a 13.3-inch display is claimed to have a hefty 11-hour battery life for the 1080p model, while the 1366x768-resolution version can last for up to 13 hours on a single charge.
Rumored Shield Tablet has similar appearance to predecessor, metallic speaker grilles
An image of what is believed to be Nvidia's next attempt at a gaming tablet has leaked. Thought to be called the Shield Tablet, tying into an earlier certification leak, the device appears to have a similar appearance to the company's previous Tegra Note 7 tablet, though apparently it will have a slightly different placement of front-facing camera and metallic sections covering the speaker grilles.
Denver to start as mobile Tegra chip, Tesla GPUs used to supplement ARM-based servers
In 2011, Nvidia announced that it would be developing a 64-bit processor with the "Denver" project code name for servers. This week, it appears that the company's view of servers in the future changed, causing the company to look toward ARM chips. Rather than Denver being built for server use, the company says that the chips will make an appearance in the mobile line of Tegra processors.
Nexus tablet from HTC claimed to have 8.9-inch display, Tegra K1 processor
The rumored next Google Nexus tablet from HTC has allegedly surfaced, under the guise of the HTC Volantis. Believed to be called the Nexus 9, the Volantis is said to have an 8.9-inch 2048x1440-resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 281ppi, with the body also claimed to use a zero-gap aluminum construction, a departure from the earlier Nexus tablet designs.
First Xiaomi tablet equals screen size, resolution of Retina iPad Mini
Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi has launched its rumored first tablet. The Mi Pad shares more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini with Retina display, with Xiaomi using a 7.9-inch display with a 2048x1536 resolution matching Apple's tablet, though the aluminum finish of the iPad mini has been replaced by brightly-colored shades of plastic similar to that of the iPhone 5C.
Smart plug allows control of electronic devices through Android and iOS devices
A new home product from D-Link offers users the ability to control electronic devices at the wall-socket level, through a smartphone or tablet. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is the company's "first product in a new line of connection home solutions designed to bring the convenience and flexibility of mydlink to everyday household electronic devices."
Low prices dev kit offers parallel computing with Tegra K1 core
Nvidia announced that they are now shipping the Jetson TK1 supercomputer kits which have been aimed at "developing embedded applications and devices" for various projects ranging from robotics to medical diagnostics. The kit features a small board powered by the Tegra K1 processor, the company announced in March at the GPU Technology Conference.
New system uses the Tegra K1 192 core processor
Nvidia today launched a developer platform based on the Tegra K1 for embedded systems. The Nvidia Jetson TK1 Developer Kit provides developers with the tools to create systems and applications aimed at tasks such as enabling robots to seamlessly navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects, and cars to detect pedestrians.
New hardened technology can tolerate massive temperature excursions
Nvidia today announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the Nvidia Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM), which will soon begin shipping in Audi's vehicles. The in-vehicle systems include a connected infotainment system with twice the performance of its predecessor, the world's first automotive-grade tablet that is fully integrated into the car's infotainment system, and a high-resolution digital cockpit with 3D graphical displays.
Two versions of Nvidia chip on way to mobile devices, heading into cars
Nvidia has unveiled the latest model in its mobile processor line, one which uses the same Kepler architecture as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU. The Tegra K1 boasts a 192-core GPU, a major step up from the 72 and 60-core GPUs used in the Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i, with the chip producer also setting out to push the new arrival into vehicles.
Mobile OS paired with big screen
Acer has introduced the TA272 HUL, bringing Google's Android operating system to a traditional desktop all-in-one. The device is powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra processor-like many tablets and other mobile devices-but inside a much larger housing featuring a 27-inch touchscreen with 2560x1440 resolution.
Tegra 4 tablet adds support for left-handed stylus use
Nvidia has released an update for the Tegra Note 7, introducing a number of improvements to the Tegra 4 tablet. The firmware update for all branded versions incorporates Android 4.3, the ability to transfer apps and data files from internal memory to a microSD card, and a number of other security and bug fixes, stylus, and camera changes.
Tegra 4 tablet shipping November 19th with EVGA branding
Nvidia has opened up pre-orders for its Tegra Note 7 tablet through NewEgg, ahead of its release on November 19th. The tablet uses the company's own Tegra 4 System-on-Chip, consisting of a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with a 72-core GPU, with the device being distributed and co-branded by EVGA in the United States.
Executive highlights upcoming products
Following several announcements last week, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is already hinting at the next-generation Shield console. In an interview with Engadget, the executive noted that consumers should expect a new Shield device whenever the company introduces an updated version of its Tegra chip.
Control Zone trackpad geared for Windows 8
HP has introduced several new consumer devices, including the Spectre 13 x2 convertible, a new Envy 17 notebook and five tablets under the Slate and Omni brands. The new Spectre notebook is powered by Intel's Haswell processors, integrated behind the display for fanless operation in standard notebook mode or as a tablet when the keyboard base is detached.
Tegra 4, 1080p display, white color options touted in Surface 2
More details for the upcoming refresh of the Microsoft Surface have appeared, with reports suggesting it to have a 1080p display. The new specification rumors come at the same time as Microsoft starts issuing invitations to members of the media for a Surface-related event on September 23 in New York City, likely for the launch of the Surface 2.
Accompanying manual suggests premium version with camera, stylus
Following an appearance at the Taiwan National Communications Commission in late August, the Nvidia Tegra Tab has made its way through FCC testing. The seven-inch P1460 tablet, appearing in identical images to the NCC filing, is accompanied by a manual that shows it as having a relatively-untouched stock installation of Android Jelly Bean.
Testing shows Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, no cellular radios
An Android tablet created by Nvidia has surfaced again, this time heading for regulatory approval. A filing at the Taiwan National Communications Commission in late August shows the Tegra Tab, complete with model number P1640, going in for testing on its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios, with the apparent lack of cellular radios notable in its absence.
Nvidia prepping 7-inch Tegra Tab, likely Tegra 4-powered
Nvidia looks to be branching out further into the mobile hardware space with reports and photos coming out of China showing a 7-inch tablet branded the 'Tegra Tab.' The GPU and mobile SOC maker has recently released the Tegra 4-powered Shield handheld gaming console, so it is familiar with bringing hardware to the market. However, while the Shield is powered by Android, the operating system on the Tegra Tab is yet to be revealed -- though it seems that Android would be the logical format given its popularity and market penetration.
Next-gen ARM-based chips ramping to 3GHz in 2014
ARM processors will be ramping clock speeds to 3GHz in 2014, a statement by the company reveals. Currently, its high-end chip designs for 2013 are being fabricated on a 28nm process. Chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and the Nvidia Tegra 4i, built using ARM designs, are fabricated on a 28nm process with clock speeds hitting a ceiling of 2.3GHz.
Smartphone shown with 4.8-inch 720p display, 13MP camera
Nvidia has shown off its 28nm Cortex A9-based Tegra 4i system-on-chip in a new unbranded smartphone. The demonstration handset, which appears to be similar to the Phoenix reference device shown at CTIA last month, is apparently hinted at being released early next year, alongside other smartphone designs using Tegra 4i.
Software-defined modem hits 150Mbps speed without hardware changes
Nvidia has updated its latest mobile chipset with support for Category 4 LTE connectivity. Tegra 4i, similar to Tegra 4 but includes an integrated Nvidia i500 LTE modem, managed to upgrade from Category 3 and its 100Mbps connection to LTE-Advanced and a possible 150Mps speed, without performing any changes to the hardware.
Chip manufacturer expects to return to growth by end of fiscal year
Graphic card producer Nvidia today reported revenue for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2014, which ended April 28. The company report income of $954.7 million, down 13.7 percent from $1.11 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The company posted a $77.9 million profit, with earnings per share of $0.13, down 53.6 percent from $0.28 in the prior quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations for the quarter, and the company expects to return to growth later in the year, on the strength of the margins on the Kepler GPU chipset and the release of the Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip.
Tablet uses Nvidia Tegra 4, includes micro-HDMI output
Toshiba is preparing to release a new tablet running on Tegra 4, according to leaked details and photographs. Images reported to be for the Toshiba AT10LE-A have surfaced, showing that Nvidia's latest mobile processor clocked at 1.8GHz will be combined with a 10.1-inch display and a keyboard dock with chicklet-style keys.
Volta GPU expected in 2015, up to four times as fast as Kepler
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang speaking at the 2013 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CA unveiled the company's mobile Tegra chipset roadmap, and discussed future GPU technology in the pipeline for the company. Also shown was the rack mountable GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), offering virtualized GPU computing and remote graphics capabilities to allow a server to handle processor-intensive rendering jobs, with the output streamed to lower powered clients.
System based on R4 Cortex-A9 CPU
Nvidia has formally introduced its Project Grey chip, which is officially known as the Tegra 4i. Marketed as a superior alternative to Qualcomm's Snapdragon offerings, which have proved extremely popular in the smartphone market, the new chip brings a much smaller footprint than the current Tegra 4 SoC while adding an integrated LTE modem.
New Nvidia blog demos Project Shield AFK capability
Nvidia has kicked off the first in a regular blog updating gamers on the latest developments with its highly anticipated Tegra 4-powered Project Shield gaming handheld. The first demonstration, following its surprise CES debut, focuses on its AFK (Away From Keyboard) PC gameplay extending capabilities. In the demo, Nvidia highlights how the handheld gaming device can stream Borderlands 2 from a GeForce GTX-enabled PC for remote gaming.
Suggests Russia, China flooded with mobile devices mid-2013
Nvidia may be moving towards building its own mobile devices for sale in Russia and China, according to one report. The chip maker, after showing off Tegra 4 at CES, could end up creating smartphones and tablets running on its own hardware, and end up selling them through OEMs as white label hardware.
Bracketron announces tablet-friendly in-car mounts
Bracketron has added two more mounts to its range of mobile device holders. The Mi-T Grip Dash Mount attaches to a dashboard or any hard surface using suction, and provides a low-profile way of holding an iPad mini or small tablet in a vehicle. A more-conventional Universal Tablet Window Mount performs the same task, but has a reinforced articulating arm and 360-degree rotating head for precise positioning from a glass surface. Prices and a release date have yet to be revealed, but are likely to be around $30 each, based on previous releases.
Clamshell portable system revealed alongside Tegra 4
Nvidia has shown off a new handheld gaming system alongside its next-generation Tegra 4 mobile processor. Titled Project Shield, the portable gaming device will play Android-based games as well as PC titles on Steam, by streaming gameplay footage over a Wi-Fi connection from a personal computer that renders the game itself.
Quad-core processor to have fifth Battery Saver Core
Details of Nvidia's next mobile chipset have surfaced, in the form of a presentation slide. The image claims that Tegra 4, codenamed "Wayne" in the slide, will have 72 cores for graphical content, giving the chipset six times the power of Tegra 3 and twenty times that of the chipset generation before that, Tegra 2.
Detachable controller, Tegra 3 processor improvements post-CES
A heavily changed version of the Wikipad gaming tablet is slated for release at Gamestop. The PlayStation Certified 10.1-inch tablet now sports a 1.4Ghz Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and has a MicroSD slot for expansion. Most importantly, a deal signed with gaming service Gaikai is still being honored despite the streamer having been purchased by Sony.
Production-ready Sony Xperia T leaked in live photos
Sony has an upcoming handset, the Xperia T, which was just revealed in a number of hands-on photos from Russian site Nixanbal. Along with the generous amount of photos, some of which can be send below, some early tech specs are also revealed. They include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of integrated storage.
At least one new HTC tablet en route, possibly two
The new HTC tablet that is headed to the UK and elsewhere may be called the Vertex HD. Based on the leaked NenaMark 2 benchmarks, the new tablet will center on a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display and be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. It is also running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), though there are no hints as to whether it has "something unique to offer" as HTC spokesperson teased yesterday.
Low-cost quad-core Tegra 3 handsets soon to arrive
The chipset underlying Google's Nexus 7 and other forthcoming 7-inch tablets may also be making its way to smartphones in the near future. According to MyDrivers.com, Nvidia's Kai platform which enables quad-core mobile computing at a lower price point, will be appearing in smartphones produced by Chinese handset makers before the end of this year.
Gamepads geared for Tegra-powered devices
Most of the gear at E3 has focused on traditional game consoles, however Nyko brought along its PlayPad gamepads for Android tablets. Electronista stopped by the company's booth to try out the Bluetooth-connected PlayPad and its larger sibling, the PlayPad Pro.
PlayPads will work with free Playground app on hundreds of games
Gaming peripherals maker Nyko has revealed two new gamepads at E3, with the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro. Meant for NVIDIA Tegra 2 or 3-powered tablets running on the Android OS, the pair was developed in conjunction with NVIDIA. The wireless controllers work with TegraZone game titles, though a free Playground app will allow playing older and different titles as well.
Company boasts of Tegra 3 adoption
As part of Nvidia's annual investor meeting, the company's GM of Tegra operations, Mike Rayfield, boasted that the quad-core Tegra 3 platform is proving to be quite popular, powering 30 different smartphones that are expected to arrive on the market before the end of the year. Nearly half of the models are said to carry a transfer price below $300, in contrast to current Tegra 3-equipped phones that tend toward the high end of the price spectrum.
Olympic edition of Acer tablet decorated with Olympic rings
The Acer Iconia A510 Olympic tablet will be reaching the UK in June through Carphone Warehouse. The special-edition tablet shares the specs of the Iconia Tab A510, with the main differences being an engraving of the Olympic rings on the back and a pre-loaded trial of Eurosport Player, to watch the broadcaster's Olympic coverage.
HTC One X teardown reveals complex construction
Chinese site PCOnline has torn down the new HTC One X smartphone. More accurately, it's the Chinese variation of the flagship handset. The skinny phone was separated thanks to a narrow plastic tool.
Samsung i9300 given unofficial benchmarks
Samsung's GT-i9300, possibly the third-generation Galaxy, has had its performance leaked through inadvertent postings to GLBenchmark. The 3D tests caught by a Phone Arena reader show that the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip in the device looks to beat any existing Android phone, and likely the iPhone 4S, by a wide margin. In the common-use Egypt test, the i9300 would be roughly a third faster than the similarly quad-core Tegra 3 in the international HTC One X and three times faster than Samsung's own Galaxy S II.
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 priced and dated
Arriving as expected, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 was given more concrete US launch details on Sunday. The entry Android 4.0 tablet is available now in a blue variant for $379 with 16GB and Wi-Fi. A 32GB version costs just $399, and the namesake notebook-like dock adds $149 to either capacity's price.
NVIDIA to bring out Xbox 360-beating mobile GPU
NVIDIA will release a mobile graphics chip that has more processing power than the current Xbox 360 sometime later in 2013 or 2014, the company said in ap presentation handed out to the media. The slide's projection for console performance does drop off at 2012. The solid lines represent estimated performance, with the dotted ones standing for trends.
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Plus and 4G variant
NVIDIA helped validate some leaks regarding its future Tegra roadmap in a presentation at HTC's Freqs event in Seattle on Thursday. Along with the known Wayne, its codename for Tegra 4, it also mentioned a Tegra 3+. What it would entail wasn't mentioned, but the name implied a clock speed boost or other minor updates that wouldn't fundamentally rework the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip.
White LG Optimus 4X HD found
A white version of the LG Optimus 4X HD has been spotted. A preview by ePrice shows a white housing on the latest Optimus handset, which we tried at Mobile World Congress with the standard black scheme.
Acer ships Iconia Tab A510 to Americans
Following a formal US launch late last month, Acer has started selling the Iconia Tab A510 in the US. The Android 4.0 tablet is currently in stock from Acer, and presumably resellers, at its quoted $450 price for a 32GB Wi-Fi model. Buying from Acer itself gets the Olympic Game Edition, which has the competition's logo on the back but is otherwise similar to the reference design.