CES 2014: Nvidia hunts down PS4 and Xbox One with "revolutionary" new Tegra K1

Nvidia has revealed the 192-core Tegra K1, its newest flagship Tegra mobile chip, at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The company has called it "the first mobile chip to feature the Nvidia Kepler architecture that powers the fastest graphics card on the planet," referring to its GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

Nvidia claims that the K1, which will replace the Tegra 4, will finally allow for next generation PC gaming to become a reality on smartphones and tablets.

ITProPortal has been expecting an impressive mobile computing battle between Nvidia, Samsung and Qualcomm, and Nvidia seems to have delivered a powerful early blow to its rivals.

The chip will come in two distinct pin-to-pin compatible models. The first uses a 32-bit, quad core ARM Cortex A15 CPU, while the second – codenamed Denver - employs a 64-bit dual Super Core CPU and is based on the ARMv8 architecture. According to Nvidia, this also brings with it "the energy-efficient heritage" of ARM processor technology.

Both versions of the Tegra K1 are powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU.

"Over the past two decades, NVIDIA invented the GPU and has developed more graphics technologies than any other company," said Jen-Hsun Huang, the co-founder and CEO of Nvidia.

"With Tegra K1, we're bringing that heritage to mobile. It bridges the gap for developers, who can now build next-gen games and apps that will run on any device."

Products featuring the 32-bit version are expected to launch in the first half of 2014, while the 64-bit chip will power devices released in the second half of the year.

"With the introduction of this revolutionary processor, we can take applications that run on PC or console and run it on Tegra," said Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games. "From here onward, I think we're going to see the performance and feature gap between mobile and PC high-end gaming continue to narrow to the point where the difference between the platforms really blurs."

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