It is that time of year again, when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, Nevada. For months, speculation has been hot as the most tech obsessed among us try and sniff out the gadgets set to be unveiled by the world’s most popular brands. Now that the show floor has been opened and press conferences are beginning, we can finally sate that burning curiosity.
Tegra X1 SoC
As of this writing, there has only been one conference. But it was quite a doozy, with NVIDIA’s announcement of the new Tegra X1 SoC processing chip. An update to their celebrated Tegra K1, whispers of this release have been heard for awhile. Luckily, the final product does not disappoint.
Unlike what was speculated, it does not use a new architecture. Instead, the 8-core chip combines four powerful ARM Cortex A57 cores to take care of any high priority tasks, with four A53 cores for low-priority, less speed reliant systems and apps.
The result is a “superchip” that lends PC levels of power to mobile devices. It is good news for mobile game enthusiasts that want more speed and better gameplay on their phones and tablets. Developers will also be thrilled, as NVIDIA promised that they would be using the same API’s for mobile devices as you would find on desktops. That will make porting games from other platforms and adapting them for apps significantly more simple.
One other interesting release from the brand to note is their NVIDIA Drive PX and Drive CX. It is an auto-pilot system for cars that uses their customized software, a console computer, and 12 cameras to provide “a safer driving experience”. It is the next big leap in self-driving car technology, a concept bounding from the theoretical to the standard in the past year.
You can find out more from their official press release.
What’s To Come
The next few days will be full of conferences, demonstrations, panels and the famous CES floor show. Not to mention some great SuperSessions on topics like the state of modern robotics and the near future of the industry, what is being done in virtual reality (such as the way OculusRift has changed the face of the technology), and the market of smartwatches.
Right on the heels of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 release will be Qualcomm’s conference. There is little doubt that we will see the competing chip, the much anticipated Snapdragon 810.
We will also soon be seeing LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, Audi…it will be an exciting conference with a lot to come says ABC News.
TV’s, Tablets, Smartwatches and Smartphones
Given the list of brands that will soon be holding their press conferences, it is clear what we will be seeing most. Smartphones and tablets are always in fashion, and smartwatches are going to take a bit of the pie.
But the event is really going to belong to televisions, in particular high definition smart TV’s that integrate multimedia as it has changed through releases like Chromecast, gaming consoles, and services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
Stay tuned for more details this week on CES 2015!