NVIDIA announces Tegra K1 – the world’s first 192-core processor

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Well, expect this on your mobile phone or tablet soon. NVIDIA has announced the successor to the quad-core Tegra 4 processor with the Tegra K1. Based on the GeForce Kepler architecture, the Tegra K1 will feature 192 cores – all of them programmable and all of them running in parallel.

“We brought the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to the Tegra family,” Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, said in the company’s press conference.

Because of its GeForce heritage, its main strength is its graphics: with the chip’s GPU being able to render next-gen photo-realistic images in real-time. The new Tegra chip will also ultimately benefit game developers as – according to Huang – they now have a consistent development platform for PC, console and mobile. They also announced that the processor will be supported by the new Unreal Engine 4.

The Tegra K1 will come in two versions: one with a 32-bit ARM Cortex A15 CPU, and another with its own dual-core 64-bit called “Denver”. The A15 variant will be on devices from the first-half of this year, while the “Denver” variant comes out in the second-half.