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First look: Nvidia Shield Android gaming tablet

08/21, 8:04am

Nvidia delivers genuine differentiation with its Shield gaming tablet

Although it might look like just another Android tablet, the Nvidia Shield Android gaming tablet is one of the more interesting devices to come out in a segment that swamped with endless options, but little genuine differentiation. It tries to stand out from the crowd not with a heavily customized user interface, or even bold design, but rather tries to specialize in one particular area - Android gaming. It is also one of the first devices on the market running Nvidia's latest chip, the Tegra K1. While it still sports a 32-bit ARM Cortex A15 4+1 architecture clocked at 2.2GHz, its graphics capabilities are the real highlight. It sports 192 Kepler GPU cores, which is the very same architecture that powers Nvidia's vaunted discrete desktop and notebook GPUs.

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Nvidia refreshes Quadro GPU lineup, five new cards announced

08/12, 12:09pm

New Nvidia Quadro releases span low to high-end performance

Nvidia today unveiled its next generation of Quadro GPUs. The company promises that the new lineup delivers up to twice the application performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation of the line. Five new Quadro GPUs have been announced -- the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420.

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Nvidia details Denver-based 64-bit Tegra K1 chip for mobile devices

08/12, 8:06am

Tegra K1 with dual-core 64-bit Denver processor, 192-core Kepler GPU due later this year

Nvidia has revealed some of the architectural details of the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1 System on Chip (SoC). Revealed eight months after the original 32-bit version, the 64-bit version uses Denver, an architecture project originally meant for use in servers, with the company claiming it will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for use with Android.

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Nvidia posts record revenue, gross margin on strength of Tegra K1

08/08, 8:16am

Company records expected to be broken next quarter

Video card maker Nvidia yesterday reported revenue for the second quarter of its 2015 fiscal year ended July 27. It reported revenue of $1.10 billion, up 13 percent from $977 million a year earlier, and in line with the previous quarter. Revenue for the first half was up 14 percent, to a record $2.21 billion from $1.93 billion a year earlier. In line with record revenue, the company also posted record gross margin of 56.1 percent.

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Nvidia creates high-resolution screen using two low-resolution panels

07/29, 4:36pm

Cascaded display research from Nvidia could lead to cheaper virtual reality displays

High-resolution, low-cost displays for virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift could become a reality sooner than first thought, if recently-revealed research from Nvidia is adopted. Researchers working for the graphics chip producer realized that stacking two lower-resolution panels on top of each other could effectively provide a similar experience to the user as looking at a higher-quality display.

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Nvidia launches Shield Tablet with 8-inch display, separate controller

07/22, 10:42am

Nvidia Shield Tablet retains game-streaming functionality of original device

Nvidia has finally launched a new gaming tablet in the Shield product line, following a number of leaks. The successor to the Shield controller and the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet effectively separates the display and controller elements of the original Shield, with an accompanying wireless controller allowing it to be used in a similar manner as a portable console.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet appears in media render with Tegra Note styling

07/18, 6:30am

Rumored Shield Tablet has similar appearance to predecessor, metallic speaker grilles

An image of what is believed to be Nvidia's next attempt at a gaming tablet has leaked. Thought to be called the Shield Tablet, tying into an earlier certification leak, the device appears to have a similar appearance to the company's previous Tegra Note 7 tablet, though apparently it will have a slightly different placement of front-facing camera and metallic sections covering the speaker grilles.

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Nvidia's next Shield device rumored be an Android powered console

07/14, 3:22pm

BBC points to the newest Shield being powered by K1, utilizing same software

The BBC has learned through anonymous sources that the next iteration of the Nvidia Shield could be used to play Android and stream PC games in a new way. The rumored device looks to build on existing technology surrounding the Shield, including the use of the GeForce Experience and GameStream to stream games from a host computer powered by an Nvidia GPU.

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Nvidia Shield successor leaks in certification listings as tablet

07/02, 11:31am

Shield Tablet spotted as name for Nvidia gaming handheld follow-up

Nvidia is preparing to launch another device in its Shield product line, with the device likely to take a different form from the original. New listings for a device have appeared at the Global Certification Forum directly mentioning a Shield Tablet, suggesting that, not only will it have LTE connectivity, but it could also change shape from a controller with a clamshell screen to a more conventional tablet.

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Nvidia shifts 'Denver' chips to mobile, GPUs to supplement ARM servers

06/25, 3:44pm

Denver to start as mobile Tegra chip, Tesla GPUs used to supplement ARM-based servers

In 2011, Nvidia announced that it would be developing a 64-bit processor with the "Denver" project code name for servers. This week, it appears that the company's view of servers in the future changed, causing the company to look toward ARM chips. Rather than Denver being built for server use, the company says that the chips will make an appearance in the mobile line of Tegra processors.

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Briefly: OTA update for Tegra Note 7, Netflix Android app update

06/07, 11:39pm

NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 tablet OTA update includes streaming of Netflix in up to 1080p

Nvidia's Tegra Note 7 tablet has received an OTA update, allowing for streaming of Netflix HD content up to 1080p on the device. The Tegra Note 7 tablet features a seven-inch HD display, with enough battery capacity for up to 10 hours of video streaming. The tablet is one of the first Android devices available that can stream Netflix in high-definition. Available with a 16GB storage capacity, the Tegra Note 7 is priced at $200.

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Nvidia and AMD point fingers over Gameworks, driver optimization

05/29, 10:59pm

Use of Gameworks tools said to put AMD at a disadvantage, Nvidia refutes claim

With the release of Watch Dogs on PC this week, a number of complaints have arisen over the state of the game when played on AMD hardware. In a pair of articles from Jason Evangelho of Forbes, AMD brings to light some of the underlining problems caused by companies like Ubisoft using Nvidia's Gameworks tools during development. Nvidia dismissed the claims, trying to poke holes in AMD's statements of blocking them out of driver optimization.

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Nvidia announces availability of Geforce GTX Titan Z video card

05/28, 5:28pm

GPU cards currently available to add-in partners and builders like Origin PC

Nvidia announced today that their fasted video card to date is now available to system builders and add-in card partners. The Geforce GTX Titan Z, based on the company's Kepler architecture, will run users a staggering $3000 to start according to the company.

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Xiaomi launches Mi Pad in China with Nvidia Tegra K1 processor

05/15, 11:30am

First Xiaomi tablet equals screen size, resolution of Retina iPad Mini

Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi has launched its rumored first tablet. The Mi Pad shares more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini with Retina display, with Xiaomi using a 7.9-inch display with a 2048x1536 resolution matching Apple's tablet, though the aluminum finish of the iPad mini has been replaced by brightly-colored shades of plastic similar to that of the iPhone 5C.

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Nvidia works with Valve to bring Portal and Half-Life 2 to Shield

05/12, 2:20pm

Handheld now features two of the highest rated PC games of all time

Last month at the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia announced that it would be working with game developer Valve to bring one of the most celebrated games in PC history to the Android-powered Shield handheld. Today, the company announced that Portal is available on the Google Play store, with an added bonus: Half-Life 2 has also been ported, and released for use with the Shield.

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Nvidia to ship Jetson TK1 supercomputer development kits this month

05/01, 11:10pm

Low prices dev kit offers parallel computing with Tegra K1 core

Nvidia announced that they are now shipping the Jetson TK1 supercomputer kits which have been aimed at "developing embedded applications and devices" for various projects ranging from robotics to medical diagnostics. The kit features a small board powered by the Tegra K1 processor, the company announced in March at the GPU Technology Conference.

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Briefly: Watch_Dogs Nvidia bundle, Steam in-home streaming open beta

05/01, 6:55pm

Select Nvidia cards to come bundled with Ubisoft's cyber thriller title

Nvidia has announced a new software bundle for customers who purchase select Nvidia GeForce GTX video cards, starting on April 29. While more recent bundles have focused on free-to-play games, the newest bundle offers customers a copy of Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs when it releases on May 27. Consumers that purchase a GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770 or 760 card will be eligible for the promotion.

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Geeksphone, Silent Circle add Nvidia Tegra 4i to Blackphone

04/28, 12:57pm

Blackphone specifications released before shipments start in June

The privacy-focused Blackphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will be shipping with an Nvidia Tegra 4i as its processor, it has been revealed. At the same time as announcing the use of Nvidia's System-on-Chip, a finalized list of specifications for the device have been released by the manufacturer, confirming it will have a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display.

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Nvidia upgrades Shield to Android KitKat, adds out-of-home GameStream

04/07, 3:16pm

Nvidia Shield can be used to stream games over the Internet from home PC

Nvidia's latest Android 4.4.2 software update for the Shield handheld game system allows players to stream games from their computer to the device outside of the home. Expanding from the existing in-home streaming, the remote GameStream feature is in beta and requires a hefty connection on each side, with the home PC graphics card compatibility list extended to include the GTX 800M, 700M, and select 600M GPUs in gaming notebooks.

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Nvidia deploys $192 Jetson TK1 Kepler-based developer platform

03/25, 4:06pm

New system uses the Tegra K1 192 core processor

Nvidia today launched a developer platform based on the Tegra K1 for embedded systems. The Nvidia Jetson TK1 Developer Kit provides developers with the tools to create systems and applications aimed at tasks such as enabling robots to seamlessly navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects, and cars to detect pedestrians.

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Nvidia, IBM team on NVlink CPU to GPU connectivity solution

03/25, 12:57pm

New effort boosts data sharing speeds from five to 12 times current technology

Nvidia today announced at the 2014 GPU Technology Conference that it plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called Nvidia NVlink, into its future GPUs. Nvidia claims the new technology will enable GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. The improvements purge a long-standing performance bottleneck, and help pave the way for a new generation of supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems.

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Briefly: Assassin's Creed Unity announced, Nvidia improves Titanfall

03/23, 2:00pm

Newest title in the franchise places gamers in the French Revolution

Ubisoft has revealed the new Assassin's Creed Unity title for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One systems. The latest title in the franchise has been in production for more than three years, according to the company. No story details have been released about the protagonist or if any new game elements are coming, such as the ship battles seen in Black Flag. However, the time frame and setting are outlined in the trailer, as the game takes place in France during the French Revolution. No official release date has been given for Unity, but the teaser trailer offers a "holiday 2014" window.

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Nvidia reveals GeForce 800M mobile GPUs with Battery Boost

03/12, 1:27pm

New Nvidia GPUs will limit performance to save battery power

Nvidia is hoping to improve the battery performance of gaming notebooks, with the release of six new mobile GPUs. The unveiled 800M-series graphics chips will offer up to double the battery life of previous generations when the notebook is being used for gaming, with the company also carrying over a number of features from its desktop GPUs at the same time.

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Nvidia releases Quadro, GeForce OS X drivers for older Mac Pros

03/03, 5:12pm

Updates support for OS X 10.9.2, CUDA update also available

On Monday, video card maker Nvidia released updated drivers for 2010, 2009 and 2008-model Mac Pro units, along with a reminder that the units will need the previously-updated CUDA 5.5.28 driver for Mac in order to leverage the CUDA architecture in some Nvidia cards. The updated drivers bring support for the latest version of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), and include an Nvidia Driver Manager preference pane.

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Nvidia improves Tegra Note 7 tablet with i500 LTE modem upgrade

02/21, 11:42am

LTE, 3G connectivity added to Nvidia-produced tablet

Nvidia has refreshed its Tegra Note 7 Android tablet, with new versions supporting the company's i500 LTE modem, and the availability being expanded to more areas of Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine in the coming months. The tablet, sold through regional partners rather than from Nvidia directly, will include two versions of LTE support for the US and Europe, with 3G connectivity still provided for variants in regions currently without LTE cellular networks.

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Briefly: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black, HP's first Mopria printer

02/18, 9:55pm

GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card offers 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM

Nvidia has released its sequel to last year's GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, the Titan Black. The Black edition offers faster performance while retaining quiet running and cool thermals, with the capacity to power 4K content and multiple monitor setups. Its high-speed, double-precision and 6GB frame buffer memory can facilitate 3D Surround and multiple monitor gaming performances. Priced at $1,000, the GeForce GTX Titan Black can be purchased from various retailers.

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Forums: future Mac hardware

02/18, 2:59pm

future Mac hardware

Today in the MacNN Forums, Moderator "P" started a conversation about what the future of Mac computers will look like, citing an array of recent announcements from hardware manufacturers such as Intel and Nvidia. In the thread titled ""Spilt water on my MacBook when on, am I doomed?"0, one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for advice while in a panic after spilling a glass of water on their MacBook.

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Rumor: Surface 3 could use Tegra K1, launch alongside Surface Mini

01/10, 10:15am

64-bit Denver Tegra K1 from Nvidia touted in next Surface tablet

The next version of the Microsoft Surface could possibly ship with the 64-bit "Denver" version of Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, according to new rumors. The Windows 8 tablet, one which could be launched before the end of this year, is also rumored to be accompanied by the Surface Mini, a 7.5-inch tablet that will apparently have 4G LTE connectivity options.

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First Look: Audi's Tegra-powered Smart Display tablet

01/09, 7:55pm

We check out Audi's 10.2-inch Smart Display tablet

Electronista got a chance to briefly check out Audi's newly-announced partnership with Nokia on its Audi Smart Display. The tablet is certainly large, measuring 10.2 inches diagonally -- and while we weren't able to hold it ourselves, we did swipe through its many menus and screens.

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Audi integrating Nvidia tech into in-dash instruments, entertainment

01/07, 8:02pm

New hardened technology can tolerate massive temperature excursions

Nvidia today announced that three new in-vehicle systems powered by the Nvidia Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM), which will soon begin shipping in Audi's vehicles. The in-vehicle systems include a connected infotainment system with twice the performance of its predecessor, the world's first automotive-grade tablet that is fully integrated into the car's infotainment system, and a high-resolution digital cockpit with 3D graphical displays.

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Open Automotive Alliance forms to add Android to vehicles

01/06, 10:35am

Alliance creating single platform for Android-based in-car systems

Google is pushing to bring Android to cars, confirming recent rumors, though not as a partnership with a single car manufacturer as first thought. The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), made up of Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and Nvidia, has been formed to create a single common platform for in-car systems, one which it hopes will improve the experience of the driver and passengers on the road.

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Nvidia launches Tegra K1 mobile processor with 192-core GPU

01/06, 5:29am

Two versions of Nvidia chip on way to mobile devices, heading into cars

Nvidia has unveiled the latest model in its mobile processor line, one which uses the same Kepler architecture as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU. The Tegra K1 boasts a 192-core GPU, a major step up from the 72 and 60-core GPUs used in the Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i, with the chip producer also setting out to push the new arrival into vehicles.

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Acer intros 27-inch all-in-one powered by Android, Tegra

01/03, 11:10am

Mobile OS paired with big screen

Acer has introduced the TA272 HUL, bringing Google's Android operating system to a traditional desktop all-in-one. The device is powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra processor-like many tablets and other mobile devices-but inside a much larger housing featuring a 27-inch touchscreen with 2560x1440 resolution.

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Wall Street Journal: Google, Audi partnering on in-car Android system

12/30, 11:58am

Will announce partnership at CES, working with Nvidia on hardware

Google is working with Audi to use Android with in-car systems for information and entertainment, according to a report. The two companies will allegedly announce their partnership at CES next week, with the efforts said to involve Android running on the car's own hardware, instead of communicating with an external device, such as with "iOS in the Car."

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Nvidia upgrades Tegra Note 7 with Android 4.3, camera changes

12/26, 11:15am

Tegra 4 tablet adds support for left-handed stylus use

Nvidia has released an update for the Tegra Note 7, introducing a number of improvements to the Tegra 4 tablet. The firmware update for all branded versions incorporates Android 4.3, the ability to transfer apps and data files from internal memory to a microSD card, and a number of other security and bug fixes, stylus, and camera changes.

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Nvidia Tegra Note 7 pre-orders commence in United States

11/12, 3:53pm

Tegra 4 tablet shipping November 19th with EVGA branding

Nvidia has opened up pre-orders for its Tegra Note 7 tablet through NewEgg, ahead of its release on November 19th. The tablet uses the company's own Tegra 4 System-on-Chip, consisting of a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with a 72-core GPU, with the device being distributed and co-branded by EVGA in the United States.

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Mad Catz working with Nvidia to add GameStream to M.O.J.O console

11/11, 7:57am

Streaming PC games to Android console could happen after launch

Mad Catz is working with Nvidia to add its GameStream technology to the M.O.J.O. Android game console. The device, shipping on December 10th, could see the same in-home game streaming technology used in the Nvidia Shield handheld console added to the low-cost Android device shortly after it goes on sale.

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Briefly: OPPO N1's special edition, Digital Storm and Nvidia partner

11/08, 4:30pm

OPPO N1 smartphone released as special edition with CyanogenMod operating system

OPPO, an international technology brand, announced yesterday its plan to sell a limited edition of its latest flagship smartphone device, the OPPO N1, in December, with the inclusion of CyanogenMod OS out of the box and additional accessories.

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Briefly: Gogo expands to Japan, Nvidia updates Shield to Android 4.3

10/28, 2:08pm

Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi adopted by Japan Airlines, rolls out mid-2014

Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi is heading to Japan, with the entire Japan Airlines (JAL) fleet of domestic planes set to offer the service. The move, following Delta Airline's adoption of Gogo on its international fleet, will see all 77 JAL domestic aircraft start offering the Ku-band satellite Internet service to customers beginning in the summer of 2014, writes Engadget.

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Nvidia CEO hints at Shield 2 powered by next-gen Tegra chip

10/21, 3:07pm

Executive highlights upcoming products

Following several announcements last week, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is already hinting at the next-generation Shield console. In an interview with Engadget, the executive noted that consumers should expect a new Shield device whenever the company introduces an updated version of its Tegra chip.

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Nvidia G-Sync chip works inside monitor to eliminate stuttering, lag

10/18, 2:34pm

Module synchronizes with computer GPU

Nvidia has introduced a new gaming-oriented technology, known as G-Sync, that promises to effectively synchronize a monitor and a computer GPU. When build into a monitor, the module is claimed to eliminate onscreen tearing, stuttering and lag that can occur when a GPU and monitor refresh at different rates.

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HP intros Tegra 4-powered Slate8 Pro, Slate7 Extreme tablets

09/19, 3:07pm

Company broadens tablet offerings

HP has expanded its tablet offerings with several new models powered by Nvidia's new Tegra 4 hardware, the Slate8 Pro and Slate7 Extreme. Both take advantage of Tegra 4's quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor and 72-core GPU, with limited customizations to the stock Android OS.

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Nvidia intros Tegra Note tablet platform, promises $199 base price

09/18, 9:22am

Tablet renamed from Tegra Tab

Nvidia has formally unveiled the Tegra Note, a new seven-inch tablet platform that had been previewed under the name Tegra Tab. As expected, the device is powered by the company's Tegra 4 SoC with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor and a 72-core GeForce GPU.

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Nvidia Tegra Tab appears at FCC, confirms Tegra 4, 7-inch display

09/09, 10:02am

Accompanying manual suggests premium version with camera, stylus

Following an appearance at the Taiwan National Communications Commission in late August, the Nvidia Tegra Tab has made its way through FCC testing. The seven-inch P1460 tablet, appearing in identical images to the NCC filing, is accompanied by a manual that shows it as having a relatively-untouched stock installation of Android Jelly Bean.

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Nvidia Tegra Tab photographs appear in Taiwan NCC filing

09/03, 7:59am

Testing shows Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, no cellular radios

An Android tablet created by Nvidia has surfaced again, this time heading for regulatory approval. A filing at the Taiwan National Communications Commission in late August shows the Tegra Tab, complete with model number P1640, going in for testing on its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios, with the apparent lack of cellular radios notable in its absence.

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Nvidia collaborating with Microsoft on Surface RT 2

08/09, 6:37am

Nvidia Tegra 4 set to make an appearance in Surface RT 2

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has revealed that the company is again collaborating with Microsoft, this time on the sequel to the Surface RT. Nvidia worked with Microsoft on the original Surface RT, which has recently had $150 slashed off its price due to poor sales. Microsoft was also forced to take a $900 million write-down on the cost of the cuts in its last quarterly financial statement. However, the next Surface RT will run Outlook, which Huang believes is a key factor in why user's have been bypassing the ARM-based version of Windows.

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Nvidia Tegra Tab surfaces in photos out of China

08/09, 5:32am

Nvidia prepping 7-inch Tegra Tab, likely Tegra 4-powered

Nvidia looks to be branching out further into the mobile hardware space with reports and photos coming out of China showing a 7-inch tablet branded the 'Tegra Tab.' The GPU and mobile SOC maker has recently released the Tegra 4-powered Shield handheld gaming console, so it is familiar with bringing hardware to the market. However, while the Shield is powered by Android, the operating system on the Tegra Tab is yet to be revealed -- though it seems that Android would be the logical format given its popularity and market penetration.

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Google, Nvidia, IBM ally to boost 'Power' chip architecture

08/06, 3:37pm

Five company coalition allowed to fabricate Power-based chips

IBM, Google, and other tech companies have banded together to license and improve IBM's "Power" chip line. The new OpenPower Consortium has been formed by the pair, plus Israel-based Mellanox Technologies, Taiwan company Tyan Computer Corp, and Nvidia. As part of the agreement, the manufacturing companies in the consortium will be allowed to fabricate Power chips for sale and use in "servers, networking, and storage devices."

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Nvidia demonstrates Project Logan processor with Kepler graphics

07/24, 10:58am

Logan chipset claimed to provide current GPU performance at third of power

Nvidia will be bringing the Kepler graphics architecture to mobile devices in the future, under "Kepler Mobile." The demonstration of the technology at Siggraph 2013 accompanied an announcement stating that it will be putting Kepler's GPU to work in the company's Project Logan, a future system-on-a-chip product that it hinted at in the 2013 GPU Technology Conference in March.

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Nvidia delays Shield shipments to July 31st following component issues

07/21, 2:29pm

Mechanical flaw with third-party component delays Shield by four days

Nvidia has updated the expected shipping date of its handheld Android gaming system to July 31st, following a fault. The Tegra 4-powered Shield was originally set to ship on July 27th, but an undefined "mechanical issue" relating to a "third-party component" caused the extended delay, with early buyers likely to get their purchases in early August.

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