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Nvidia Announces 192-Core Tegra K1 Chips, Bets On Android 128

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sfcrazy writes "Nvidia just announced Tegra K1, its first 192-core processor. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made the announcement at CES 2014. He also said that Android will be the most important platform for gaming consoles. 'Why wouldn't you want to be open, connected to your TV and have access to your photos, music, gaming. It's just a matter of time before Android disrupts game consoles,' said Huang." Nvidia's marketing department created a crop circle to promote the chip after CEO Jen Hsun Huang declared that it was so advanced that "it's practically built by aliens."
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Nvidia Announces 192-Core Tegra K1 Chips, Bets On Android

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  • by UnknowingFool (672806) on Monday January 06, 2014 @09:44AM (#45877661)
    Well maybe, but also there is the trend that most people are playing games on smart phones and not consoles. For everyone that bought a new game for PS4 or Xbox One, there are probably 10x as many consumers who bought Candy Crush Saga. Not everyone wants to spend hours in front of TV or monitor playing games. Some people just want a bit of downtime between doing other things.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 06, 2014 @09:54AM (#45877733)

    Completely off-topic and feeding the troll so I'm AC'ing but here in Trondheim, Norway our Christmas Eve was the warmest on record ever. Ever see those nice pressure spirals on TV? Where air flows down on the left-hand side (assuming northern hemisphere) it gets fucking cold, where air flows up on the right-hand side it gets fucking hot. It pretty much evens out for the planet.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 06, 2014 @10:03AM (#45877809)

    Nobody wants to spend $300 dollars on a console that ties up your $500 TV while your using it and buy a few $60 games on top of it, when you can just download a game on your phone that you already have and spend $4 on it.

    Both of those things give entirely different experiences. There will be plenty of people who prefer casual games on a phone screen, there will be plenty who prefer high-resolution fancy graphics displayed on their big TV with a control system more flexible than a touch screen, and there will be many who enjoy both depending on what they're in the mood for.

    It's like arguing that nobody in their right mind would buy a $400 PC with a $150 monitor and $60 software packages on top of that when you can download an office app that lets you do spreadsheets and other office work on that phone you already have. People now have the option of using a phone when they want to which wasn't an option in the past, so of course some people will make that jump when it suits them, but it doesn't mean that console/PC systems are obsolete and have nothing to offer anymore.

  • First? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Monday January 06, 2014 @10:47AM (#45878237)

    To begin with, the summary and headline are being misleading - that's 192 GPU "cores" (really ALUs - there's only one scheduler on this entire GPU), so it's already inaccurate. But it's also hardly the first Nvidia chip with 192 "cores".

    First Tegra with a 192-core GPU, but it's not their first 192-core GPU. Their first was the GeForce 260, followed by the GeForce GTS 450, GTX550 Ti, GT630, and GT635.

    In fact, this is basically a GT630 with a smaller memory interface (64-bit LPDDR3 instead of 128-bit DDR3) and a few power optimizations.

    The sad thing is, they don't have to make up bullshit for marketing - they're bringing a full-fledged, full-featured GPU to mobile products, with all the modern features that entails. And even with just one SMX at low clocks, that's still a lot of horsepower - I run Crysis at 1080p on high with just two SMX units (660M). Putting that amount of power into a tablet would be impressive on its own, no lying about "cores" necessary.

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