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NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip for Android – next-level gaming that runs Unreal Engine 4

Posted by Tom January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip for Android devices has been shown off at CES 2015 in a display that included running the graphics-heavy Unreal Engine 4 Elemental demo.

The NVIDIA Tegra K1 is currently the g0-to mobile gaming graphics processor in such tablets as the NVIDIA Shield, but the X1 has twice to power of its predecessor.

The 256-core chip is based on the same Maxwell GPU architecture that GeForce GTX 980 cards run.

It’s going to be aimed at embedded products, mobile devices, in-car systems and NIVIDIA’s Drive PX.

The X1 plays back 4K video at 60fps, an octa-core CPU (four ARM Cortex A57 cores and four ARM Cortex A53 cores), as well as the aformentioned Maxwell GPU.

Via pocket-lint

Nvidia Tegra X1 powers Nvidia Drive CX car infotainment system

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Tonight Nvidia announced the Tegra X1, its latest mobile processor. While the company has yet to unveil any mobile devices that will utilize the technology, they did reveal their plans to bring the chip to automobiles through its new Nvidia Drive CX “digital cockpit”.

According to Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the Drive CX is a small computer system for your car that is capable of processing 17 megapixels, equivalent to roughly two 4K screen. This is a big step forward compared to current “state-of-the-art” vehicles that can process around 1 megapixel.

Nvidia’s new computerized car system not only is a virtual cockpit, it also is a full featured infotainment experience that includes media integration, text-to-speech, navigation, voice control and reportedly supports any major OS including Linux, QNX or even Android. From the wording of the announcement, we believe that doesn’t just mean supporting Android Auto, it potentially could run Android Auto technology directly — something that Android M is rumored to be bringing to the table. Of course, that’s just speculation at this point.

We’ll be sure to update this post if and when we learn more about Drive CX and Nvidia’s plans for the platform. What do you think of Nvidia’s plans to bring the new Tegra X1 to cars? Let us know what you think in the comments.

NVIDIA Tegra X1 kicks off CES 2015 with 64-bit mobile superchip

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Although underestimated and unappreciated, NVIDIA‘s Tegra K1 wow’ed many because of its gaming and graphics chops. If you’re one of those who have drooled over the chip, found particularly inside of NVIDIA’s own SHIELD Portable and Tablet gaming devices, then the company’s newest chip unveiled here at CES 2015 might pretty much flood your floor. Utilizing the latest Maxwell GPU architecture, the new Tegra X1 boasts of the what’s what of mobile chips, including an 8-core setup and a 64-bit architecture that might give Apple’s A8X or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 a run for their money.

In terms of raw specs, the Tegra X1, as mentioned, sports an 8-core 64-bit CPU that is paired with the 256-core Maxwell GPU. In terms of raw processing power, the chip is advertised to be able to handle 4K video in smooth 60 fps rates in H.265 or VP9 formats. And just to prove the point, NVIDIA showed Unreal Engine 4′s “Elemental” demo running, in real time, on the chip with the same fidelity and quality that you would experience if it were run on a more powerful desktop gaming rig.


But raw power is one thing. On mobile devices, power draw is just as important. What the Tegra X1 promises to bring to the table is an even better power efficiency without compromising on quality. Compared to the Xbox One running the same Elemental demo, the Tegra X1 uses up only a tenth of the power to deliver its high-quality output. Of course, the more power that is fed it, the more performance can be squeezed out of it.

A bit amusingly, NVIDIA says that you wouldn’t really need that much power on your smartphone, hinting again at the company’s exodus from the consumer device market. Instead, it is positioning the Tegra X1 as the perfect mobile chip to power the next generation of smart cars, probably including those that will run Android Auto this year. Hopefully, though, NVIDIA will not be abandoning its probably small but likely very faithful mobile gaming fans and we keep our fingers crossed at another SHIELD device coming soon.


NVIDIA introduces Tegra X1: a mobile superchip with 256 GPU cores

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


This evening, NVIDIA held its press conference for CES 2015 to announce the new Tegra X1 mobile superchip. The processor contains various components that make it a powerhouse. Alongside the eight-core 64-bit CPU are 256 cores for the GPU. It supports 4K video at 60Hz.

The Tegra X1 is based on the Maxwell architecture that was announced only four months ago. This is down from the two years it took NVIDIA to transfer Kepler architecture, its predecessor, over to mobile in the form of Tegra K1.

The new mobile superchip remains energy efficient despite its cutting edge performance. NVIDIA showcased its strength and efficiency by running a demo of Unreal Engine’s Elemental. The engine is equal to what is found in high-end PCs and today’s gaming consoles.

NVIDIA compared Tegra X1 with Tegra K1 and Apple’s A8 and found there to be little competition. Tegra X1 performs better than both, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explained, by blowing the A8 “out of the water.”

Hit the break for more.


The company also further inserted itself into the automobile industry with the digitial dashboard/cockpit platform DRIVE CX. It allows multiple operating systems to have control over the different displays located in a vehicle. Quite literally, NVIDIA is expecting everything in a car to evolve into displays and cameras.

Android Auto is integrated into DRIVE CX. The visual platform is powered by Tegra X1 and software NVIDIA calls DRIVE Studio. The entire collection of inputs for the mobile supercomputer in a car is known as DRIVE PX. It performs real-time image processing and recording so that the vehicle can have accurate information instantly.

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Nvidia announces latest mobile processor, the Tegra X1

Posted by wicked January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


At CES 2015 Nvidia unveiled its next gen mobile CPU, the Tegra X1. The latest chip is based on Nvidia’s 256-core Maxwell GPU, and features an eight-core 64-bit CPU and follows up last year’s Tegra K1.

The Tegra X1 is the first mobile processor to achieve 1 teraflop throughput, handles 4K video at 60Hz, and is said to be twice as powerful as the K1. It’s worth mentioning that the first supercomputer to pull off more than 1 teraflop did so in 2000 and needed 10 million watts to achieve such a feat, showing how far we’ve come. In addition to featuring a major boost in processing power, the X1 is also just as, if not slightly more, power efficient than its predecessor.

At least at the time of this writing Nvidia has yet to announce any devices that feature the Tegra X1, though we’ll be sure to keep updating this post as we learn more about the X1 and Nvidia’s plans for its latest and greatest GPU.

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Live: NVIDIA CES 2015 Opening Press Event!

Posted by Kellex January - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

And yep, we are already live at CES 2015. Thanks to NVIDIA, we get an opening press event to kick things off that is also live streamed for you all to enjoy with us.

We really don’t know what to expect, but at NVIDIA’s last two CES opening press events we got the SHIELD Portable and the Tegra K1, two headline-grabbing products. If anything, it should at least be high-octane and entertaining.

I know it’s Sunday night and you all are gearing up for the week ahead, but you may want to join us. Below, you will find a live blog and a stream.

The festivities kick off at 8PM Pacific (11PM Eastern) and last about an hour and a half.

Let’s do this! 

Live: NVIDIA CES 2015 Opening Press Event! is a post from: Droid Life

CES 2015 Starts Sunday: A Quick Preview

Posted by Kellex January - 2 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

CES 2015 starts on Sunday. Seems a little crazy that it’s back already, I know, but that’s what we get during the second week of every new year – a trip to Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we are headed into the desert once again to see what major electronics manufacturers have in store, even if there is very little focus on mobile or Android these days. The show is still a big enough deal that we need to at least show up to find out.

Keep in mind that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t what it was four or five years ago. There was a time that it was a really big deal for mobile enthusiasts. It once was a show where new flagship phones were announced from all of the big players, but those show up less and less anymore. Now, we typically get one from Sony, maybe another from LG, and that’s about it. There are wearables and tablets galore, most of which are terrible products from companies you have never heard of that you would never buy, but they have their moment in the news cycle.

Media outlets put up big stages, try to tell you that this week is going to be “Huge!” and that you must tune into their ridiculously over-the-top coverage because it will be the best CES yet, but they are lying. CES is mostly boring these days. Well, unless you like TVs and the technology that goes into cars. Yes, TVs and automobiles now dominate CES. 

Sure, CES is still big in terms of size, number of products being announced, and the amount of people that show up, but the amount of meaningful stuff has been declining from one year to the next. Most of the mobile-focused companies you want to hear from are hosting small, media-only gatherings to be briefed on the year to come rather than to show off new phones. Some won’t be in attendance at all to show anything off. As you know, most host their own individual press events outside of big electronics shows, so that they aren’t sharing the spotlight with anyone else. Either that, or they at least set their sights on Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, an event that is actually geared towards mobile.

With all of that on your mind, here is a quick preview and schedule of the events to come.

Big Press Events


CES officially kicks off for the press (that would be us) on Sunday with an opening event hosted by CES called “CES Unveiled.” This is typically a gathering of some of the silliest, cheapest made, off-the-wall products you will ever set your sights on. A couple of quality companies show up with a booth from time-to-time (Marshall speakers would be one), but the DL crew usually shows up just to grab some snacks, a couple of free beers, chat with old friends, and pick up our CES badges for the week.

After CES Unveiled, the first major press event will take place, thanks to the folks at NVIDIA. On Sunday evening (8PM Pacific), NVIDIA will live stream a presser that will undoubtedly have some good stuff. During their last two CES opening events, they gave us the original SHIELD Portable and the Tegra K1. We aren’t sure what to expect this year, but I would suggest that you tune in. We will be on hand with live coverage.


After waking up from the late night festivities with NVIDIA, Monday begins with a bang. For those not familiar, just know that Monday at CES is officially known as “Press Day.” This is a wall-to-wall, day-to-night string of 45-minute long press events from the biggest electronics manufacturers in the world. This is the day to pay to attention to at CES. We start Press Day at 8AM with LG and never stop until 10PM after listening to companies like Samsung, Qualcomm, AT&T, Sony, and Asus all make announcements. We try to live blog as many of these events as we can.

If you are hoping for huge mobile news, this is the day you will see it. LG may announce a new G Flex 2. Samsung, well, they may bring another round of tablets that you won’t buy. Qualcomm will likely just take a minute to talk Snapdragon 810 and the year to come through their CEO. AT&T may have a phone or two and some network news to talk through at its developer summit. Asus definitely has products ready for an unveiling, though they may just be new Zenfones. Sony should have a phone worth talking about – maybe the new Xperia flagship? And that’s about it, unless of course we get some surprises.

The full schedule of Press Day happenings is posted below.


The Show Floor Opens

On Tuesday morning, the actual CES show floor opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). We cruise through the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of elaborate booths that are setup to get closer looks at anything major that was announced from Monday. We also meet with companies 1-on-1 to hear their take on their latest and greatest. We will take pictures of the happenings, record video as needed, and generally try to absorb all that is poppin’ at CES. Oh, this is also the time that we walk about 30 miles in a 10 hour span.

The show floor is open from Tuesday through Friday, though we typically leave Las Vegas on Thursday morning. By the end of Wednesday, no new announcements come out and we have had plenty of time to see all the important stuff.

Other Meetings

Outside of Press Day and the show floor, we spend an increasing amount of time these days traveling between hotels for private, 1-on-1 meetings with companies. These are the companies that don’t have a need for a big booth (or a budget for one) at the Convention Center or want to be in a more intimate setting with press to show off new products. While I can’t share all of those plans, we will certainly share as we are allowed to.

On a related note, because of the increasing amount of off-site meetings, our coverage from Tuesday-Wednesday may be spotty. Going from meeting to cab to meeting to cab to area that has a decent enough WiFi signal to write up a post is going to be a real struggle. We will do our best.

The Fun Stuff

Even though CES is mostly irrelevant at this point, it still means that Tim and I get to hang out in Las Vegas for a week. This is a time we get to meet-up with industry friends, eat amazing food, enjoy a beverage or two, and laugh a lot. In the past, we have tried to document the fun we have through our social media accounts, so be sure to jump below and follow us in as many places as possible. We always have a blast in Vegas.


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  • NVIDIA – 8PM Pacific (live stream available)

Monday “Press Day”

  • LG – 8AM Pacific
  • AT&T Developer Summit – 9AM Pacific
  • ASUS – 11AM Pacific (live stream available)
  • Qualcomm – 12PM Pacific
  • Samsung – 2PM Pacific (live stream available)
  • ZTE – 4PM Pacific
  • Sony – 5PM Pacific (live stream available)
  • Samsung Opening Keynote – 6:30PM Pacific (live stream available)

Tuesday – Friday

  • CES show floor at Las Vegas Convention Center opens

CES 2015 Starts Sunday: A Quick Preview is a post from: Droid Life

NVIDIA and Sony to livesteam their CES 2015 press events

Posted by wicked January - 2 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The countdown to CES 2015 is well under way, with many of the big names in the mobile industry ready to unveil some of their latest and greatest pieces of technology. NVIDIA has announced that it will be live-streaming its CES press event directly to its official blog, which will take place on Sunday at 8 pm PST. The company’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, will take to the stage himself. Sony has its own livestream planned for 5pm PST on Monday 5th.

NVIDIA has not given anything away just yet. However, when announcing the livestream through its blog, the graphics giant was keen to remind us that it unveiled its Tegra K1 mobile SoC at CES last year and the NVIDIA SHIELD the year before. Perhaps we can expect a new SoC announcement for 2015 or another mobile gaming oriented product this coming Sunday.

Sony has been even more tight lipped with its announcement, simply giving out a date and time. Although the company has already released its “Welcome to the New World” teaser video for an upcoming product announcement at CES 2015.

The NVIDIA livestream blog page will go live just before the press event on Sunday and Sony’s will appear on Monday through its official blog page. Of course, we will have our own coverage of NVIDIA’s and Sony’s announcements and the rest of the big news at CES directly from our team on the ground.

Snail Games to release Obox gaming console at CES 2015

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

You’ve seen it before, and you’re likely to see it again – whatever the big manufacturers can do, China can do as well. Snail Games, an online gaming outfit based in China is planning to take on Sony and Microsoft by putting out an Android gaming console called Obox Online, scheduled to be launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas just a few weeks from now.

If you’re thinking “Chinese manufacturing = weak specs”, you might be surprised at this gaming box. The console will be sporting a top of the line SoC in the NVIDIA Tegra K1 – an ARM Cortex A15 quadcore proc capable of turning at 2.2Ghz partnered with a Kepler GPU. This system-on-chip has proved its game-worthiness with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, and has done that with flying colors.


The proc is backstopped by 4GB of RAM – where we hope it will be usable by a 64-bit capable system. Options for storage will reach 4TB, via 3.5-inch HDD. And connectivity options will include LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Display options will include three HDMI outputs (wow!), plus a bunch of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.


The wireless controller will feature a 9-axis sensor with gyro and magnetometer, with the controller itself can be used as an air mouse. The system will be running on Android 4.4 Kitkat, which is more than capable of running high performance games.


For all intents and purposes, this will not be a cheap device, looking at the specs. No official pricing has been announced, but look for this in the USD$400 to 500 range.

VIA: CNX Software

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets Android 5.0.1 update

Posted by wicked December - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Only a month after the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet got a a taste of Lollipop and a week after the SHIELD Hub was updated with some Material Design features, the tablet is getting another software upgrade. The Android 5.0.1 is now ready for the SHIELD tablet and it includes some minor but important enhancements on system performance, camera, and memory optimizations.

This SHIELD tablet software upgrade brings the latest version of Android Lollipop to the device. The Android 5.0.1 is only a minor release but it includes updates and some bug fixes. You’ll also see some improvements in app responsiveness and general user interface. You’ll notice that switching between apps is a bit smoother and faster. As for its camera, Live HD Effects (HDFX) have been added to allow the user to make more creative photos and videos. This particular enhancement takes advantage of the Tegra K1 GPU processor to show full resolution and live-preview of images.

People asked for it so NVIDIA brought back the SHIELD Power Control Menu. For those apps that are memory-intensive, some optimizations and enhanced support have been made, as well as, localization improvements and OpenGL 4.5 graphics support.

Note that this is only a minor software update but it is highly recommended that you upgrade your SHIELD tablet for optimum performance.