The NVIDIA Chip That Inspired a California Crop Circle

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tegra-k1-chipshotSunday night, Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA) unveiled a new mobile graphics chip that promises to be game-changer. In the past, Nvidia has based their business on creating chips which help produce photo-realistic images and graphics on PCs, but now they seem to be turning their eye on mobile devices, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Nvidia’s CEO veritably beams with pride at the new creation, “Tegra K1 is perhaps the most ambitious project we’ve ever worked on” Jen-Hsun Huang said at a press event which Forbes attended, “It’s impossibly advanced,” he added.

But what, exactly, makes the Tegra K1 such a step-up when compared with previous iterations? Well, for one, the chip boasts essentially the same graphics architecture as a PC using an Nvidia chip. The Tegra K1 has 192 graphics cores, four ARM cores, and runs the programming technology Unreal Engine 4, which is often used in PC games, reports the Wall Street Journal blog. In essence, you’ve got “the horsepower of a gaming console in the palm of your hand,” Jen-Hsun Huang says.

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