NVIDIA has announced a new ‘superchip’- Tegra X1, which can give upto 1 teraflop performance. This new chip by NVIDIA is most powerful yet (which comes along with NVIDIA’s Maxwell GPU), and is expected to bring the performance similar of gaming consoles such as Microsoft Xbox to the mobiles.
The key specs of the NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip are:
- 256-core Maxwell GPU
- 8 CPU cores (4x ARM Cortex A57 + 4x ARM Cortex A53)
- 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
- 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
- 20nm process
As mentioned above, the NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip has a new octa-core CPU cluster, consisting of four Cortex A57 and four Cortex A53 cores with a custom CPU interconnect and cluster migration. The four A57 cores have 2MB of L2 cache between them and the A53 cores have 512MB. The GPU is also equally powerful, the 256 CUDA core GPU in the X1 is twice as powerful as the company’s Kepler-based GPU on the K1. It will give 1 teraflop of floating performance, which is little bit lower than that of Microsoft Xbox One (1.3 teraflop) and Play Station 4 (1.84 teraflop). It will be able to play 4K videos at 60fps (the highest resolution of videos that the mobiles can capture till date is 4K@30fps), and hence the playback is going to be super smooth. X1 also has improved codec supports and can decode VP9, VP8, H.264, H.265 (10-bit) at 2160p60, along with 600 MP/s (megapixels per second) JPEG encode and decode.