On paper and in these demos the Tegra K1 chip is impressive. We’ve got quadcore smartphones and things like 8-core PCs already – but this chip has 192. In other words it can turn your Android tablet into a machine with the same graphical oomph as your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
But wait… is there something sneaky going on with the core counting? Yes, the Tegra 4 had 72 cores but and they were actually individual components other units. When it comes to the Tegra 4 Anand Tech has a good walk through. The assumption I make is that even if the K1 is on a different sort of architecture that Nvidia is doing the same sort of maths. It may not make sense to compare the 192 cores of the K1 to your quadcore smartphone.
What’s clear, though, is that the Tegra K1 packs a punch. This is a mobile chip that can simulate the effect of the computer game character’s pupil dilate to bright light so that it takes her a while to re-adjust to darkness and do all this in real time. The video shows and example of this.
We call this; shiny tech.
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