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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.