NVIDIA Drive PC Demo @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – No press conference would be complete without a demo. Here is the NVIDIA Drive PC, a more commercially available version of what can be found in the Tesla P85.

It is a relatively compact unit, around the same size as an A4 sheet of paper and about as thick as a DVD case. On the top of the PCB, we see those two Tegra X1 processing units capable of 3 teraflops. Along the leading edge, is the 12 HD and other communication ports for the car.

We can see this being widely adopted into most mainstream cars, most likely cars such as the Ford Mondeo, but no word on the current client list.

It would be great if NVIDIA made this into an off the shelf kit for enthusiasts to purchase; I would definitely have one.

NVIDIA Present NVIDIA Drive PC @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – The last product to be showcased by NVIDIA this morning is an all new NVIDIA Drive PC. This features twin Tegra X1, 3 Teraflops performance and 12 High Definition camera inputs. This is currently shipping to car manufacturers and developer companies who will look to start installing it into their cars, much like the current Tesla P85. Once installed into a car, this can turn it into a super computer; capable of powerful video processing which is ideal for autonomous vehicles.

Any more information from NVIDIA and Computex, we will keep you updated.

Nvidia Shield Now Available for TV

Nvidia released a new blog post today in regards to a new Nvidia Shield. “The battle for the living room has begun.”

Nvidia posted:

“For more than 80 years, TVs have been played at you. You watched what others chose to show you when they wanted to show it to you.

Now it’s time for you to play TV. Nvidia Shield lets you play what you want when you want it. Dive into movies, TV shows, music, a world of apps and, of course, games through SHIELD — the most powerful smart TV platform ever built.”

Nvidia have come up with a new system that gets all your content and keeps it in one place, no more individual boxes for services.Nvidia state that the content is already available, services such as Netflix, Youtube and Twitch are already thriving on smartphones and PC’s.

“On-demand content is the first killer app. While the number of traditional pay TV users has been flat for years, Netflix has 57 million subscribers, more than double Comcast’s 22 million. Twitch.tv, which broadcasts live streams of video games, now reaches more than 100 million unique users each month. Apps like Tablo now let you watch — and record — broadcast and cable television from any connected device in your home. “

“This new generation of connected apps will make possible capabilities that TV fans have dreamed of for years. Apps like Netflix connect to cloud-based servers to serve up content you’ll want to watch, delivering on the promise of personalized content. Hungry for barbecue? Apps will connect you to the same click-for-delivery convenience you’re already enjoying on your tablet.”

Nvidia state that the new Shield will feature the Tegra X1 processor, which has a whopping 256 cores! The device launched today in the US and Canada in two versions. The Shield (available for $199) and The Shield Pro (available for $299) which comes with a 500GB hard drive and bundled with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. You can also get a remote control with voice search for $49, a stand for $29 and additional controllers for $59 each. Also for a limited time you will get $60 of free Google Play credit.

You can see the trailer here:

Thank you to Nvidia for providing us with this information

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NVIDIA to ‘Wind Down’ Icera Operations

NVIDIA, graphical dominator in the enthusiast market; has decided to pull out of its lesser known smartphone chip design and manufacturing. This follows the purchase of Icera in 2011 to bring NVIDIA powered technology to the smartphone sector. Taken directly from the NVIDIA website:

“NVIDIA today announced that it will wind down its Icera modem operations in the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The company is open to a sale of the technology or operations.

The company purchased Icera in 2011 to engage the smartphone revolution with a leading integrated application processor and modem platform. Since then, the company has reshaped its strategy to focus on high-growth opportunities in gaming, automotive and cloud computing applications like deep learning, where its visual computing expertise is greatly valued.

The Icera 4G LTE modem meets the company’s needs for the next year or more. Going forward, the company expects to partner with third-party modem suppliers and will no longer develop its own.

The Icera modem operation has approximately 500 employees, based primarily in the U.K. and France, with smaller operations in Asia and the United States.

Further details, including the financial impact, will be provided when NVIDIA’s first quarter financial results are announced on Thursday, May 7. To listen to the conference call with analysts and investors, which will be held that day at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET), dial (303) 223-2696; no password is required. A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at NVIDIA’s investor relations website, http://investor.nvidia.com, and atwww.streetevents.com.”

That doesn’t sound too promising for the 500 heavily EU based employees, but it sounds good for those of us who love other NVIDIA products; more effort to be put into enthusiast graphics cards and automotive technology.

Were you looking forward to what NVIDIA and Icera had to offer? Let us know in the comments.

Test Driving NVIDIA Powered BMW’s at GTC 2015

GTC 2015: Anyone who knows me well will know that I’m a BMW fanboy through and through and though I’ve never been a fan of the i3 in terms of styling, I was pretty intrigued in terms of performance and features, especially when you consider that NVIDIA are at the heart of the electronics inside the car. So at NVIDIA’s GTC 2015 event, I went out for a little spin in the car with a good friend of mine at the wheel.

Inside the car, it’s pretty compact but still sports a lot of room due to their being no need for a transmission of any kind. I wasn’t a massive fan of the lack-luster wood effect dashboard, but I’m sure plenty of people will like the quirky styling.

The doors open in a weird fashion but even in the rear there is plenty of room for full-sized adults.

Viewing from the rear, you can see the space-age style front seats which grip you nice and comfortably as you pass along the road.

Under the boot lining, you can see some of the makeup of the electric car’s internals.

NVIDIA steps in with a nice little instrument cluster sporting a whole host of colours and styles.

From the drivers seat, it’s actually a really nice place to be with everything within close reach.

The steering wheel in typical BMW fashion is comfortable and has plenty of buttons. Behind the wheel, you’lll find the gear shifter taking you from “Drive” to “Neutral” to “Reverse”.

In the centre of the dash, we find a HUGE screen which gives us access to the iDrive system for music, navigation and much more.

When powered on, you can see both screens illuminated.

Very similar to the current iDrive system in the non-electric BMW’s on the market, it’s fluid and easy to navigate thanks to the NVIDIA technology behind it.

You can also see the simple yet effective controls below the screen for heating and audio.

I personally test drove the new BMW X6 3.5 litre beast and while I didn’t get many photos, I managed to snap a few of it driving away after I’d had my turn. It was fully kitted out and drove like an absolute dream.

Sadly I was in awe of its sheer performance and features, so was too wrapped up in driving it that these are the only photos that came out well.

And there she goes!

TESLA Model S P85D at NVIDIA GTC 2015

GTC 2015: As part of our ongoing GTC 2015 coverage, we were instantly hooked when we saw the epic Model S P85D from Tesla. As someone who has driven the P85 and P85+ and even contemplated buying one for several months, I thought that I finally got it out of my system.

I was wrong. After seeing the P85D in person, it brought back all of those wonderful emotions to me again, and knowing that it now has an INSANE mode, made me want one even more.

Sadly, we didn’t get to drive it, but I am in talks with NVIDIA to try and get back into the drivers seat and show you not only the TESLA power, but what NVIDIA have done to this car to make it so awesome aswell.

GTC 2015 Meets the Lamborghini Aventador

GTC 2015: If you haven’t already checked out our intro to the cars at NVIDIA’s GTC 2015 event, then we invite you to click here to do so. Stemming on from that, we really just wanted this to act more of a gallery for the AMAZING Lamborghini Aventador that was on show, so sit down and check out these gorgeous pictures of this extreme supercar.

As a car with a license plate, we can only assume that this belongs to someone, so maybe it’s part of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s personal collection?

Powered by a crazy V12 engine, NVIDIA have all bases covered when it comes to the instrument cluster and infotainment system inside the car.

Sadly the car was locked, so this is the best view that we had inside the car, but still pretty impressive to say the least.

And a view from the drivers side.

Another tell-tale sign that this car may belong to a NVIDIA employee?

GTC 2015 NVIDIA Powered Cars On Show

GTC 2015: Normally I’d write something insightful but for this article, it’s a really simple one that involves some heavily induced eye-candy for you. As a member of GTC, the first step for me was to check into my hotel and I was even greeted with a special key card for the hotel room, branded in event gloryness.

After checking in, I made my way to the exhibition centre, to pick up my pass and straight away could see people from all walks of life. This included fellow journalists, analysts, manufacturers and much more all queuing up.

In the entrance of the hall was a nice little showcase of cars that utilise NVIDIA technology or are sponsored in some shape or form by NVIDIA. This included the epic Renovo Coupe which is an all American, all electric sports car which simply looks like a vintage car that would be basic inside, but it’s anything but that with the NVIDIA Tegra X1 at the heart of it. This gives the car the NVIDIA Drive Studio which features an 11.6″ touchscreen and all-digital cluster.

Giving a whopping 500 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of 3.4 seconds, it’s not exactly sluggish. We managed to get a bit more information from Renovo including OTA updates and cloud access, but details on delivery is still a bit sketchy, but should be very soon indeed.

Also featured was the Lamborghini Aventador which once again is powered by NVIDIA. It’s not an all-electric car, but the instrument clusters and infotainment system are all courtesy of NVIDIA’s mobile processor.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be an NVIDIA event featuring electric cars and the like without the Tesla Model S P85D so without further ado, here is the 600BHP monster in all it’s glory and every time I see one, I still contemplate buying one, so I’m going to stop talking there before I talk myself into it.

NVIDIA Shows Its 4K Android TV Game Console, 35 Times More Powerful than Apple TV

After releasing their Android-powered handheld and tablet SHIELD devices, NVIDIA appears to be moving into the console market. The company just announced its new tech, the Android TV Console, at GDC.

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that the Android TV is the world’s first 4K-capable Android set-top-box. The console is controlled via a very small micro-USB bidirectional Bluetooth remote, but that’s not what makes the Android TV so remarkable.

What makes this console so special is found under the hood, where an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor chip lies. It was previously showcased at CES, where it was running a “mobile cockpit computer” for cars and the Unreal Engine Elemental demo. Huang states that together with NVIDIA’s Shield, it can push 4K content from any tiny device and makes it 35 times more powerful than the Apple TV.

The console is indeed powerful, however there is a matter of what it can effectively run. This is where Huang showcased a few titles, namely Resident Evil 5, Tales from the Borderlands, Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, Doom 3 BFG Edition, Metal Gear Rising; Revengance. However, NVIDIA Shield Hub is said to be full of top-tier Android ports of PC games.

However, the key aspect and probably the most amazing part of the presentation is when Huang ran Crysis 3. This is where the Android TV showed its true power and Gizmodo stated that it ran the title “well enough to support online multiplayer”.

There have also been changes in NVIDIA’s Grid. Huang states that the changes were made so that the new Android TV could be perfectly used with the Grid, having it been made officially a service users can subscribe to. It is said that subscriptions for Grid will come in two tiers. A premium subscription level that streams games in 1080p at 60 frames per second, and a cheaper model limited to 30fps and 720p, both having access to a lot of game titles to stream.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Tegra K1-Powered Nvidia Shield Tablet Confirmed

Rumours have been flying around recently in regards to what Nvidia have been preparing to announce, we’ve seen rumoured specifications and images, but most importantly there was a massive leak the other day that we can now confirm was 100% true, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is real!

Nvidia have now confirmed that the Shield Tablet is real and it offers some pretty incredible specifications given it’s modest price tag of $299. It features a stunning 1920 x 1200 display, the fastest mobile gaming processor on the market today, the Tegra K1, mini-HDMI out for 1080p link up to your big screen, powered by the latest Android OS, PC game streaming to the device (like the original Shield), WiFi and 16GB of internal memory, although you can invest a little more in the $399 model for 32GB storage and LTE capabilities. There are more parts to the unit, as you can buy the Shield wireless controller separately for $59 and a hard cover for $39.

Being the most powerful android gaming device on the market is no bad thing and with game streaming capabilities, Twitch integration and a very competitive price tag given the overall specifications, we suspect this is going to be a big hit for Nvidia. If you’re feeling left out of the party given the lack of availability of the original Shield outside of the US, you’ll be happy to hear that Nvidia are going for a global launch and the official release date will be confirmed shortly, although we don’t suspect you’ll have to wait very long to get your hands on one, so you best start saving.

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Thank you Tweak Town for providing us with this information.

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Leaked Slides Reveal Soon To Be Reveal Nvidia Product

Nvidia have been using a little text adventure game to tease an up coming hardware reveal, but it looks like a huge set of leaked slides has blown the cover off of their next big product. Rumour had it that it would be the new version of the Nvidia Shield and while the Shield 2 rumour still holds some weight to it, it appears to be something slightly different, the Nvidia Shield Tablet.

From the slides we can see that it features the mighty Tegra K1 processors, the first SoC to include a full cluster of 192 CUDA cores, which is a technical way of saying it is incredibly powerful. The tablet is pretty much a high-end Android tablet, with a few tweaks that will tailor it towards being a competent gaming device, with 2GB of ram, the powerful Tegra K1 SoC, QuadCore 2.2 GHz A15 CPU, 8 inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, and an optional 16GB Wi-Fi model, or a 32GB LTE model. The Shield wireless controller is a separate device this time, which Nvidia say has around half the input lag of a Bluetooth controller, is styled on the original Shield analogue controller, but it’s unclear if it works with other devices at this time.

The 16GB model is expected to cost $299, the 32GB $399 and the controller an additional $59. I personally love my Shield, it’s a fantastic little gaming device that offers a lot of unique features compared to units like the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, so it will be very interesting to see how the Tablet compares.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

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Are Nvidia Working on an Ouya Like Console?

Just what are Nvidia working on right now? We’ve long suspected that the Shield 2 is on the way, with various rumours and fillings pointing us towards a slightly upgraded model that features a higher resolution display and the Tegra K1 processors. Then we’ve also seen them filing a Shield Tablet, but now a report from the BBC suggests they’re also working on a console based unit to compete with offerings from Sony and Microsoft such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for a space under your TV.

The unit would be Android based and likely run off the new Tegra K1 processor, which isn’t powerful enough to directly compete with the current generation of consoles, but it’s hardly lacking in power either. The new console unit would however maintain the streaming capabilities set down by the current Nvidia Shield, offloading the graphics rendering to your desktop PC, streaming the output to your big screen TV or other display devices.

With Shield, the rumoured tablet and now the console based unit, it certainly sounds like Nvidia are trying to cover all their bases by creating a gaming ecosystem, suitable for different consumer needs, but all still relatively capable of the same tasks; running flag-ship Android based gaming experiences and streaming PC games.

Thank you Android Authority for providing us with this information.

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Are Nvidia Working on a Shield Tablet?

I absolutely love my Nvidia Shield, it’s one of those products that I simply didn’t need in my life, but now that I have it I cannot stop using it. Unfortunately for Nvidia a lot of gamers are still on the fence about the hardware and with a restriction of still only selling it in North America, it simply hasn’t been as big a hit as Nvidia were hoping for.

Rumours of the Nvidia Shield 2 are beginning to surface, essentially says it will be the same device with a higher resolution display and will swap out the Tegra 4 for the new and more powerful Tegra K1. However, with Nvidia having tried something a little different with the Shield it looks like they may be about to throw in the towel and go mainstream with it by creating the “Shield Tablet.”

Nvidia recently certified a products called “Shield Tablet” and that doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination in terms of what we can expect. The GCF and the FCC states that it will come with 3G/4G capabilities, which would explain why it needs certifications and the fact that it has both GCF and FCC tells us that it’ll be cleared for use in the UK and the US.

Obviously this is still early days, but with the product having gone for certification already, we don’t expect we’ll have to wait long for more information to be revealed.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information.

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NVIDIA Shield 2 Launch Set for August

NVIDIA’s Project Shield is without a doubt a huge success and as you can see from our reviews on this compact gaming system (Shield full review, emulation on the Shield, games to play on the loo and Shield as a desktop replacement) it is simply one of our favourite tech gadgets to have at the moment.

With the Shield being undoubtedly popular, who would NVIDIA be if they were not to bring out a fresher updated model at some stage. As it happens they are doing just that and next month we will see the second generation console hitting the shelves.

Built around NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SoC, the Shield 2 will offer users 16GB of internal memory and 4GB RAM with the capability to stream 1080p content at 60Hz to a connected display. Like the current Shield though, the performance that you experience on the console is largely down to the performance of your desktop gaming system so don’t be surprised if you get laggy performance if you’re running newer games on a yester-year spec. In addition to streaming over a local network the second gen unit is set to offer streaming over the internet and like all things, the connection that you have at home will have a considerable impact on what you can play.

As far as the Android status goes, there is no conformation that Android L is to be featured along with the AEP (Android Expansion Pack) so there is really going to be a lot more to see on that front for now. Although we know that next month will see the new units coming to market, there is not any word as of yet on the pricing, obviously it will demand a premium over the first gen units, but how much of a premium is yet to be announced.

Source: WCCFTech

Rumour: Tegra K1 Equipped Acer CB5 Chromebook Spotted

With Intel and Samsung dominating much of the Chromebook market, there hasn’t been a lot of options out there for those who want something a little different, at least until now. The new Acer CB5 Chromebook looks set to take a different approach by using the new Nvidia developed Tegra K1 SoC.

The Chromebook offers up the Tegra K1 CPU with 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 13.3 inch HD display. As well as the usual array of audio jacks, USB ports and an Ethernet port.

Since it was leaked in an Acer product listing the page has since been pulled, but the product images did remain and were quickly downloaded. The page said that the device would be available from August 1st, but there is no indication if this was only a place-holder, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement for more details.

With no other commercial Tegra K1 devices on the market, it’s not known how fast the CB5 will be compared to rival offerings from Intel and Samsung, but giving the previous successes of Tegra, we have high hopes and expectations.

Thank you AndroidAuthority for providing us with this information.

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Google Nexus 8 Coming June 25th, May Be Tegra Based and 64 Bit

According to some fresh reports an upcoming device from Google known as “Volantis/Flounder”, that is believed to be the Nexus 8, will be released as soon as the Google I/O 2014 event. The event takes place on June 25th and 26th and Google is expected to announce this new Nexus 8 device then. Digging around in the “Android Open Source Project” (AOSP) source code has revealed several references to the Volantis/Flounder device which Google has actively been removing from its search engine in an effort to keep the device a secret. The above is a snippet of comments by several Android developers which spills some details about the Nexus 8. They make reference to the fact that the “Flounder” device will be Nvidia Tegra-based, the exact SoC is not specified but the Tegra K1 seems likely. Additional discussions make reference to the Nexus 8 being both a 32 and 64 bit device, so only time will tell which one is correct. In theory it could be either since’s Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC is rumoured to have both 32 and 64 bit varieties.

Stay tuned for more details on the Nexus 8 as we edge closer towards Google’s I/O 2014 event!

Source: MYCE

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Nvidia Shield Portable Games Console Review


The Nvidia Shield, a Tegra 4 powered Android gaming device, has been on the market for a while now, but a recent price drop and a rapidly increasing range of features thanks to a few firmware updates caught my attention. With the price now at a very reasonable £150-200 (depending on where you look) it’s a strong contender for the money in your wallet vs other portable gaming options.

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big fan of mobile gaming, sure I’ve had a little tinker on a few apps from time to time, especially on long journeys, but there are just too many cons that outweigh the pros of gaming on devices such as smartphones. Devices often get quite hot while gaming, battery life take a big hit, ergonomics of touch screen devices isn’t ideal for gaming, touch screen controls aren’t always suitable for gaming and cost of the device its self can also be quite high. Then of course you have the world of hand-held games consoles such as the 3DS and PlayStation Vita which offer strong competition to the mobile market, but don’t have the same level of market penetration as the big smart phone manufacturers do.

Nvidia is a big player in the gaming world, and that is hardly a surprise given that they produce many of the most popular graphics solutions on the market and have done for some time. Nvidia also dominates a large portion of the mobile market thanks to their Tegra hardware, which is a SoC (System-on-chip) product that powers many of today’s top smartphone and tablet devices, it’s even at the heart of the latest Tesla electric cars and more importantly it also powers the Nvidia Shield android gaming device which we are taking a look at today.

With its unique clamshell controller/screen design combo, the Nvidia Shield is unlike most smart devices. On its flagship Tegra 4 processors it runs the latest version of Android, which packing a colossal feature set that makes it one of the most unusual and diverse gaming devices ever created. So let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what Nvidias new toy has to offer.

The box is really nicely designed and comes with a stunning picture of the Shield on the front, with some of the major features listed down the right hand side such as the Tegra 4 processors, integrated console controller and Google Play support.

The back of the box is a little vague, with just an image of the system with its lid closed and the phrase “take android gaming to the next level” at the top.

The box is really cool, opening out like a treasure chest and displaying the Shield on a display mount, makes it feel like a special occasion opening the box.

There isn’t a whole lot in the box, but aside from the console you’ll find mains to USB charging plug, a good quality Nvidia branded USB to micro USB cable and a collection of booklets.

The booklets consist of a registration and warranty guide, as well as a quick start guide.

The quick start guide is clearly laid out in full colour, with plenty of descriptive screenshots and it’s perfect for helping you get setup and gaming in next to no time.

EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 Launched, Worlds Fastest 7″ Android Tablet

EVGA have just launched their fast as lightening Tegra NOTE 7 into Europe, with immediate availability in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, with more European countries to follow soon. This is great news for performance junkies as it packs some seriously impressive hardware that sets it a fair bit ahead of the competition in this size category.

“The EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 tablet is the perfect travelling companion – combining a lightning-fast mobile processor with a brilliant 7-inch (17.8 cm) HD display in a sleek, comfortable design. Play the latest games at full speed. Capture stunning photos. Watch HD video for up to ten hours. And listen to your favourite music with booming, room-filling NVIDIA PureAudio. It’s mobile freedom at the speed of life.” Said EVGA in a recent press release.

As you can see from the rather extensive feature set below, there isn’t much that the new tablet can’t do and when it comes to working or gaming you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processors. The new processor features a quad-core design for the high end stuff, while also having a 5th core that can be used to conserve power when you don’t need the tablet to run at full power. The onboard GPU features 72 cores that will be able to make easy work of even the most demanding mobile applications.

Input is taken care of by the a high quality touch scree and the addition of the only chisel tip stylus on the market, which is said to be 3x more responsive that other stylus solutions. This allows for natural writing on the screen and will no doubt prove handy for those using the device for work as well as gaming tasks.

  • Patented stylus system allows for highly sensitive variable stroke width
  • 3x more responsive than other available stylus solutions
  • Only Chisel-tip stylus on the market
  • Intuitive note taking, annotation, capturing, and sharing
  • Edit PDFs: write, save, share
  • Full lasso selection for easy editing
  • Grab images in any app, and easily share
  • Stylus support, plus finger and palm recognition

The tablet also features the new Nvidia Chimera technology, this enables always-on HDR and give s the NOTE 7 the title of being the only HDR camera in a tablet. Something that should look pretty epic thanks to the 1280×800 IPS display which is backed up by Nvidia Prism 2 display processing, which modulates the display backlight and per-pixel colour values to extend battery life up to 40%

Nvidia Chimera computational photography for Always-On HDR:

  • World’s first HDR camera in a tablet: Capture exactly what your eye sees
  • Tap-to-Track: Choose any object to track so it’s in focus when you’re ready to take the shot
  • Slow-motion: Gear down the action for drama and effect

Nvidia PureAudio for the deepest, richest tablet audio:

  • Front facing stereo speakers with a bass reflex port for true stereo sound
  • Extended frequency response 380-12 kHz – compared to typical 800-5 kHz range
  • Premium Tegra 4 audio processing for louder, cleaner, richer sound

Incredible Value:

  • The fastest, loudest, most fun tablet you can find – at an affordable price
  • Compose and create on the fly using the incredibly intuitive Nvidia DirectStylus and bundled apps
  • Astounding front-facing Nvidia PureAudio stereo sound with unique bass reflex port
  • 5 MegaPixel Always-On HDR camera
  • World’s first Always-On HDR tablet, capturing scenes exactly as your eye sees them
  • World’s first Tap-to-Track tablet, allowing automatic tracking, focus, and exposure of the object
  • VGA front camera for video chat
  • World-class Nvidia engineering (mechanical design, software, electrical, quality, over-the-air updates)
  • 7-inch (17.8 cm) 1280×800 IPS display
  • Compatibility with Built for NVIDIA Tegra wireless game controllers means console-quality gaming is available through the tablet
  • Over-the-air (OTA) update support to keep your Tegra NOTE 7 up to date

Additional Specs:

  • 16GB storage + MicroSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • 4100 mAh battery for up to 10 hours HD video playback
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS, 9-axis motion with gyro, accelerometer, compass
  • Micro HDMI to connect to HDTV
  • Ambient Light sensor for backlight control
  • USB 2.0
  • 1GB RAM

I look forward to seeing more of this tablet in the coming weeks as I must admit I have a soft spot for new hardware that claims to be the fastest around.

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of EVGA.

AUDI Show Off Self Driving Car With Thanks to Tegra K1 From Nvidia

At the Nvidia GTC 2014 event in San Jose, Audi have teamed up with Nvidia to show their self-driving car through use of the Tegra K1 which helps with the form factor of the device.

They are marketing it as a self-piloted car and as it drove on stage, everyone was looking for a driver, but he was no where to be found, as seen from the picture below.

We got to see the start of self-driving cars and how much space and mechanics were needed.

They then showed what it has become today with thanks to the Tegra K1.

You can see where the device slots into the rear of the car, discreetly.

If I can find a way to work from the rear of the car while it drives me around to business meetings, I may have to switch from BMW to Audi.

New Nvidia Tegra Tablet To Be 4G LTE Compatible And Roll Out With Android 4.4 KitKat

Apparently the Nvidia Tegra Note will receive a hardware refresh which will include a 4G LTE capability, having the new 4G enabled tablets available from Nvidia partners starting from Q2 2014 at an estimated price tag of $299.

While Nvidia isn’t selling the tablets themselves, they will ship to partners ready for branding and sale handling. There have been a few Tegra Note tablest on the market up until now, however none branded with major manufacturers. Even so, Nvidia expects to extned its Tegra Note tablets availability to Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the next few months.

EVGA is said to ffer the Tegra Note in North America and Western Europe, Dixons in the UK, Gigabyte in Western Europe, Korea, and China, Gazer in Ukraine, Zotac in Japan and Korea, Xolo in India, Gradiente in Brazil, and Homecare in China too.

The Nvidia Tegra Note tablet specs are basically the same aside from the new 4G capability added, having a 7-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and Wi-Fi. Also, the 4G LTE Tegra Note will launch with the Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed, having a KitKat update ready for current Tegra Tablet owners since Nvidia is handling the updates itself.

Thank you Unwiredview for providing us with this information
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LG G2 mini Officially Announced By LG Ahead of MWC 2014

LG has revealed the earlier rumored LG G2 mini smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona on 24th of February, powered by a Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i and boasting a 4.7-inch screen.

Both the Snapdragon and Nvidia chipset version have the Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, sporting 1 GB of Ram, along with the 4.7-inch qHD having a 960 x 540 pixels resolution and running Android 4.4 KitKat alongside LG’s Optimus UI. LG also claims to release dual-SIM and non-LTE versions as well.

The handsets will also be powered by a 2,440 mAh battery, 8 GB of storage space which can be expanded with the help of microSD card support and the design also reflects its bigger brother, the LG G2, having the back positioning buttons placed below the 8 MP rear camera.

The handset color range spans between white, black, gold and red, having LG planning to release the handset in March in Russia. The rest of the world is said to see the handset rolling out on their market starting this April.

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NVIDIA Shield 2 In The Works With A Next-Gen Tegra Heart

NVIDIA employees filled Montreal Marriott’s Salle de Bal 1,000-person capacity basement ballroom late last week, where Huang announced a hat-trick of major news for the company: Gamestream, G-Sync, and the new GTX 780 Ti GPU, to raucous applause. The highlight of the three, and the one that Huang emphasized by flying in a trio of game industry legends, is G-Sync. The module will arrive built into gaming monitors starting early next year, and it aims to solve the issues of tearing, stutter, and lag.

The aforementioned trio of legends, Oculus’ John Carmack, Epic’s Tim Sweeney, and EA DICE’s Johan Andersson, vouched for G-Sync, but Endgadget were able to have Huang for a quick followup interview. Beyond discussing last week’s big announcements, Huang spoke to Project Logan, aka: the next Tegra chip and NVIDIA Shield 2, which may be coming sooner than we think. Huang told us he’d love to see Logan powering the next version of Shield as representative hardware ahead of anything else.

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Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra 6 To Power The First 64-bit Android Devices

Thanks to a report from ExtremeTech, NVIDIA may have bumped up their release roadmap by sucking Tegra 6 aka “Parker” from 2015. Instead, Parker will see the light of day in late 2014 itself, and will also be the first 64-bit NVIDIA chipset. The report is based on new findings which indicate NVIDIA licensed and began working on ARMv8 64-bit architecture back in late 2010/early 2011 itself. 64-bit “Denver” cores should be ready for sampling in early 2014 itself.

No one can deny that Tegra 4 is a much more competitive chip than the Tegra 3 was last year, but Qualcomm’s custom Krait cores and quick design iteration have allowed it to nearly take over the Android device ecosystem. There are only a handful of devices announced with Tegra 4 chips, and one of them is Nvidia’s own Shield console. Meanwhile Snapdragon 600 and 800 power almost every high-end smartphone and tablet from 2013.

Over the last few years, Nvidia has no doubt poured many millions of dollars into Project Denver and the Parker SoC. Qualcomm is surely working toward a 64-bit chip down the road, but the company has been tight-lipped about future plans. The last thing Nvidia wants is for the market leader to beat it to ARMv8 with 64-bit. Whether or not 64-bit has real utility on mobile devices running 32-bit software, getting this right could set up Tegra for undeniable success, a distinction that has so far eluded it.

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Introducing Xiaomi’s MI3, the ‘fastest smartphone ever’

It’s not been long since Hugo Barra, former Vice President of Global for Google, teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi and already, the first smartphone is announced to roll out soon.  The new MI3 smartphone will be released in two variants, the first is a WCDMA model, with the second being a CDMA2000 model. These two models will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz each.

The TD-SCDMA version has been reported to run on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, having all variations of the MI3 featuring 2GB of RAM. But when Xiaomi’s claim “the fastest smartphone ever” it is referring to the MSM8974AB model which features the Snapdragon CPU, boosting the clock speeds for the memory interface and Adreno 330 GPU.

All MI3 models feature a 5-inch 1080p LG-supplied display, 13-mega pixel rear-facing from Sony, and a non-removable  3050mAh battery. There is also a wide range of colours it will be shipped in: black, white, pink, yellow and blue, but the most amazing aspect is that it’s only 8.1 mm thick.

The Xiaomi MI3 will feature the MIUI 5 operating system, a modified version of Android 4.1, which features Xiaomi’s infrastructure and replaces the Google Play Store. The MI3 is priced at just $327 (around £204) for the 16GB version, and $408 (around £255) for the 64GB version. Sadly the MI3 is limited to the Chinese market, whereas if it would be available worldwide, the MI3 could have competed with the latest Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the market.

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Arma Tactics THD Released For NVIDIA Tegra-Powered Devices

Bohemia Interactive have announced the release of the turn-based, close-combat strategy game Arma Tactics THD exclusively for NVIDIA Tegra-powered devices.

Arma Tactics THD takes the best from the popular strategy genre and goes mobile. The finest assets used in the critically acclaimed Arma series on PC now come to life on the Android mobile platform, in one of the best looking mobile games to date.

Arma Tactics THD is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where the player takes control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to the player to decide how he will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives. Whether using stealth or a more direct approach, players will need to use their strategic thinking and use both basic and advanced weaponry while facing many different opponents – ranging from unorganized local militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.

With highly re-playable missions, weapons to unlock and whole campaigns to be regularly added, Arma Tactics THD offers many hours of intense ever-changing action.

  • Explore highly detailed battlefield environments that come to life with sophisticated particle systems and post-process effects
  • See your men come to life with realistic animations captured by a powerful motion-capture solution
  • Lead them through a thrilling single player campaign or improve your skills in generated missions
  • Gather experience points to level up your characters, upgrade weapons and unlock special equipment
  • Choose your difficulty – we make sure the game is fun to play for both casual players and hardcore gamers
  • Take part in challenging special game modes
  • Play as you like – by touching your screen or by using gamepad controls

In June, gamers will be able to take Arma Tactics THD anywhere with NVIDIA SHIELD, an open source gaming portable designed for gamers who yearn to play when, where, and how they want.
Arma Tactics THD is featured in TegraZone – NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor – and available on Google Play for $4.99.

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Nvidia Focusing On The Android Gaming Market

Nvidia have been doing some very strange thing recently, not only have they decided to let AMD run amok in the next-gen console race, but they’ve also taken to market with their own, expensive, handheld gaming device, one that seems a little too obscure for many, but Nvidia seems to think they’re on the right path and what do I know, they’re the ones making millions of dollars from their ideas, not me.

The Nvidia Project Sheild will set you back $349, is powered by the Tegra 4 Soc and it will allow you to play high end mobile games on it’s snazzy little screen and controller, but it will also allow you to stream games rendered by your home PC to your mobile device, much like a PC edition of what Nintendo do with the Wii U tablet, or Sony are doing with their handhelds. There might not be much room in the market for this right now, but Nvidia is planning for the future, not just for a quick profit in today’s market.

Rob Csonger, the VP of Investor Relations for Nvidia was speaking at a recent investor event where he said that Shield cost Nvidia around $10 million, which is a bit of a bargain in this industry and that Nvidia can leverage its GPU R&D in the mobile SoC space, saying that if something doesn’t cost too much to develop then it’s worth a try for Nvidia. In other words they have the money to try brave new things. He was also quick to point out that a whopping 76% of revenue on Google Play is from gaming.

“The Android market is roughly 600 million gamers, any game and in addition to that you can have physical controls and you can project this and play it on your TVs, the second thing you can do it is you can stream from your PC,” he said. “The PC gaming market is 100 million users. So between those two, we believe this is something that we have an opportunity… We haven’t given any kind of guidance or revenue expectations for Shield, we just simply wanted to build this device and it leverages a lot of the work that we’re already doing.”

This is a promising idea from Nvidia, I for one am not sold on Project Sheild but it’s great to see someone trying to do something different and dare I say unique in the games market right now, whether or not this idea will pay off for Nvidia is a different story, but it seems likely they’ll and try again until they find something that does.

Are you an Android gamer, personally I own a Tegra 3 device and I have to admit I am impressed at how far mobile gaming is coming, but even I don’t know for certain if there is a bigger future ahead of that market.


Nvidia Tegra 5 To Be More Powerful Than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Nvidia’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology has been offering some potent statements to the media recently. Tony Tamasi has stated that Nvidia’s next generation Mobile Processor, Tegra 5, will outperform the current generation of consoles, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

“The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices… The next click of mobile phones will outperform”

On the face of things it seems like a very bold statement and totally unrealistic, but if we look at the numbers it actually does look plausible.

Nvidia’s Tegra 2 had 4.8 GFLOPS, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 had 12 GFLOPS and Nvidia’s current generation Tegra 4 has 80 GFLOPS. Current generation consoles, the PS3 and Xbox 360, both boast about 200 GFLOPS so Nvidia would have to more than double the next generation to achieve this. However, given Tegra 4 was just under 7 times more powerful than Tegra 3, seeing the 2.5 times rise in Tegra 5 over Tegra 4 doesn’t look that unrealistic at all. To put all these GFLOPS figures into context, Nvidia’s GTX Titan produces 4500 GFLOPS while the PlayStation 4 is expected to produce 1800 GLOPS.

Even though we will see mobile technology using graphics hardware of this performance level in the not so distant future, it is unlikely they will ever grace mobile phones any time soon due to the power consumption figures. Even though Tegra 5 will be very modest in terms of power consumption it will still be too much for most mobile phone batteries to handle so will be almost exclusively reserved for tablets and other larger mobile devices.

Nvidia’s Project Shield, for example, is expected to be powered by Tegra 5.