CES 14: Nvidia Debuts 192-Core Tegra K1 For Mobile Devices

Nvidia opened up the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 last night with a bang.  Last year they debuted the Nvidia Shield, a handheld gaming device that was an epic failure for the company.  Rather than announce Shield 2, Nvidia focused this year on bringing console quality graphics to the mobile market thanks to the 192-Core Tegra K1.

The goal of Tegra K1 is to bridge the gap between PCs and smartphones.  A bold claim to make, Nvidia promises that its new processor is so powerful that we’ll begin to see PS4 and Xbox One quality devices on our tablets and smartphones.  This chip contains 192 graphics cores, the most out of any mobile processor to date.  To show off this technology, Nvidia announced that Epic Games is bringing their Unreal Engine 4 to Tegra K1.

We’ll begin seeing Tegra K1 implemented into a wide range of devices throughout 2014.  There will be two versions of K1 put out.  A quad-core 32-bit version based on ARM’s Cortex A15 CPU will find its way onto mobile devices in the first half of 2014.  The more impressive proprietary 64-bit dual core CPU won’t see release until sometime later in 2014.  According to Nvidia, this version doubles to performance of Apple’s A7 chip found in iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.

Time will tell whether actual games can live up to the graphical potential displayed in the tech demos.  You can check out the Tegra K1 tech demos below: