Tegra K1 demonstrates a step away from smartphones for Nvidia

first_imgAs they did last year, Nvidia took to the stage at CES this year to show off their next generation of mobile processors. While the new Tegra K1 is nothing short of mind blowing based on the specs, it shows that Nvidia has stepped away from the smartphone game for a little while.To say that Nvidia has been an underdog when it comes to mobile processors is a bit of an understatement. The Tegra line of chips has always touted gaming prowess over anything else, and while that earned them a small group of loyal fans it didn’t do much to sell hardware.As the US market shifted to LTE, Nvidia struggled to provide a compelling reason to use Tegra over Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. Rather than continue to struggle in that space, it looks like Nvidia is approaching mobile from a whole new perspective now.The Tegra K1 isn’t just an improvement over the Tegra 4, it’s a whole new class of mobile processor. Nvidia has taken the Kepler architecture that they originally designed for desktops and applied it to a mobile chipset, with results that they claim beat out the previous generation gaming consoles. While it may not sound impressive to say that a processor in 2014 can top a processor built in 2005, when you consider that you’ll effectively be able to hold that processing power in a mobile tablet you begin to see why this is a big deal.Nvidia is hoping this processor will power the next wave of gaming devices, regardless of what OS they are running. This includes Windows 8.1, Android, and maybe even a 4K television or two. They want this to be in the next Ouya, the next Shield, and the next Surface, regardless of who is actually building them.What they seem to not care about with this design is the smartphone, as demonstrated by the lack of native LTE support. While the chipset has already been certified by AT&T and Vodaphone, it is clear that mobile networks will exist on a separate chip. While that works for devices with nice big batteries, it doesn’t typically work out well for smartphones.Nvidia leaving the smartphone space, even temporarily, does little to affect the current mobile landscape anyway. Qualcomm has dominated the smartphone space for the last two years, and their most recent push into mobile radios that work on almost every network show that they are not going anywhere.Intel has made some positive inroads over the past year, and with Asus now sticking their processors in almost everything for the coming year it is possible that we’ll see someone actually compete with the Snapdragon army this year. As for Nvidia, they want to focus on delivering a quality gaming experience, which for the moment means leaving smartphones behind.last_img read more

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first_imgErrorOK… ErrorOK Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Arians was willing to give Glennon the chance to add his name to the list instead of ensuring the Bucs could do nothing more than tie. There’s no guarantee Arizona would have scored a touchdown, but as long as Palmer or anyone else on the Cardinals offense didn’t turn the ball over, that same Jay Feely field goal would have been there on the next play. I don’t know who or why, but Arians made it abundantly clear when the game is on the line he doesn’t yet trust his offense. Top Stories In 2009, Bill Belichick made the controversial decision to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the Patriots’ 28-yard line up six in a high-profile regular season game against the Indianapolis Colts. The move backfired, but Belichick decided he wanted to try and win or lose the game with the ball in Tom Brady’s hands instead of entrusting a leaky defense. The Cardinals-Buccaneers game obviously didn’t have the same national profile as Pats-Colts, but Arians’ play call does tell you what he truly thinks about his offense just as Belichick’s did about his defense. The Cards’ head coach was willing to take a risk of losing the game instead of giving Palmer the opportunity to put the ball in the end zone. Circumstances have to be taken into account. The way the second half went for the Tampa Bay offense plus the fact they had Mike Glennon, a rookie quarterback, making his first start, I do understand the logic behind Arians’ move. With that being said, just because Glennon is inexperienced doesn’t mean he wasn’t capable of moving the ball down the field to tie the game with a field goal or win the game with a touchdown. Rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Geno Smith have both led game-winning drives with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter in the first four games of their careers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With one single play call, we learned something about what Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks about his football team. On 3rd and goal from the 7-yard line with less than two minutes left in a 10-10 game, Arians had quarterback Carson Palmer line up a field goal instead of trying to score a touchdown. When things are tight and the game is one the line, it is human nature to make decisions based on what you trust most. – / 19last_img read more