Nvidia launches Tegra X1
At the Consumer Electronic Show in 2015, Nvidia (NVDA) launched Tegra X1, which is primarily targeted for the mobile gaming community. The Tegra X1 system on chip (or SoC) is a new chip with a GPU based on Nvidia’s most advanced PC architecture, its Maxwell architecture. Tegra X1 is a follow-up to the Tegra K1. The Tegra K1 was the first mobile chip from Nvidia to unify its mobile and desktop GPU architectures.
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Tegra X1 computing power
The Tegra X1 processor based on Maxwell PC architecture for GPU is capable of up to 1 trillion floating-point calculations per second (or teraflop) of performance using the 16-bit floating point format, as the above presentation shows. This is equivalent to a human brain performing one calculation a second for more than 31,000 years. It also supports 4K h.265 (or HEVC) video encoding at 30 frames per second and decoding at 60 frames per second.
Tegra X1 uses a combination of 64-bit ARM (ARMH) Cortex A57 and A53 cores. Like its peer Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon 810, X1 uses the four A57 cores for tasks that require a lot of speed, while the A53 cores will handle lower-priority tasks in order to be energy efficient.
Tegra X1 is Nvidia’s second high-end graphics chip after Tegra K1 for the mobile space
Tegra X1 is built on a 20nm manufacturing process. Tegra X1 is Nvidia’s second high-end graphics chip targeted towards mobile markets after the Tegra K1 chip that was built on Kepler architecture. Maxwell succeeded the Kepler architecture. As we have seen in the earlier part of the series, Nvidia Drive CX and Nvidia Drive PX are some of the recently launched products that come equipped with Tegra X1.