The wait is over for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet in Asia — at least for those in Japan and Korea. The NVIDIA Tegra K1-based portable device is now available in these countries, just in time for the holiday season. Consumers can choose from the 16GB version for US$299 or the 32GB and LTE version for US$399.
When Google announced the Nexus 9 last Wednesday, one of the more pertinent developments is that the new tablet sports the NVIDIA Tegra K1, which brings 64-bit capabilities to Android for the first time.
Google’s first tablet, the first Nexus 7, was also powered by the NVIDIA Tegra two years ago.
The Nexus 9 has broken new ground as the Tegra K1 is the first ARM processor for Android to take advantage of Lollipop support for 64-bit CPU architectures. Earlier known as Project Denver, the ARM v8-based custom CPU design brings class-leading efficiency and power to mobile devices.
The Google Chromebook is often associated with simplicity — a simple and affordable notebook that offers connectivity and provides access to everyday applications. Well, that’s about to change with a collaboration between VMware, NVIDIA and Google.
The three tech giants are working together to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. This would give the humble Chromebooks power to handle even the most demanding visual computing applications.
“We are breaking down traditional barriers to adopting virtual desktops and offering new economics for the delivery of graphics-intensive applications through the power of the cloud. Organisations of all industries and requirements will soon be able to embrace the mobile-cloud using a solution that offers a new way to work from three proven industry leaders.,” said Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware.
Acer has launched the Acer Chromebook 13, its first 13-inch Chromebook as well as the first Chromebook to use the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which gives the new Chromebook a performance edge and longer battery life of up to 13 hours.
This rollout should help Acer concretise its position as the number in the Chromebook market, behind leader Samsung, which had 64.9 percent market share in 2013.
Gartner expects sales of Chromebooks to reach 5.2 million units this year, a 79 percent increase from 2013. By 2017, sales of Chromebooks are set to nearly triple to reach 14.4 million units.
The new incarnation of the NVIDIA SHIELD has arrived but it comes in a different form factor, albeit an exciting one for gamers.
The SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller combine to take mobile gaming to another level. Together, they sport and leverage a variety of NVIDIA technologies, such as SHIELD, NVIDIA Tegra K1, DirectStylus 2, ShadowPlay, GameStream, and GRID cloud gaming.
Let’s talk about the SHIELD tablet first. Designed and built by NVIDIA, it is a high-performance tablet powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 advanced mobile processor and supplemented by regular, over-the-air software upgrades that bring new capabilities and levels of performance.
Google unveiled a host of upcoming technologies running on Android at its annual Google I/O and NVIDIA’s Tegra Ki is a key part of the foray into new mobile computing areas such as gaming, TV, automotive, and robotics.
NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip features 192 programmable GPGPU cores and the same Kepler GPU as TITAN. Tegra K1 just brought GPU computing to Google’s new Project Tango tablet devkit, opening the door for developers to work on new apps and use cases for Computer Vision and 3D.
At Google I/O, now on in San Francisco, Tegra K1 featured in many areas, including:
- Tegra K1 is the first processor to support Google’s Android Extension Pack – new gaming extensions for the upcoming L release, shown on-stage on Epic’s new Unreal Engine 4 demo
- Google announced that Android L will support 64-bit CPU support – and NVIDIA is already developing L on the 64-bit version of Tegra K1
- Tegra K1 is the first processor to support Android TV – Google’s new dev platform. A Tegra K1 reference platform is available for set-top box and TV OEMs, while a Tegra Android TV dev platform is available today for app, game, content developers
- Tegra K1 delivers GPU computing to mobile platforms with Google’s Project Tango tablet devkit, to be showcased at I/O with new developer apps
- Tegra drives the best in-car Android experience and powers Google’s new Android Auto
Mobile computing is indeed revolutionising areas such as gaming, TV, automotive, and robotics.
Xiaomi introduced a slew of products in Beijing yesterday and one that really stood out was Mi Pad, it first tablet powered by the ultra-fast NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor.
Sporting a 7.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, this tablet comes with very long battery life — its 6700 mAh battery is good for up to 1300 hours of standby time or 11 hours of video streaming. It features 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB or 64GB of built-in memory. If more storage is needed, there’s a microSD slot.
What’s amazing is under the hood. Powering the Mi Pad is the 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is based on the parallel processing GPU architecture found in the world’s most powerful supercomputers.