NVIDIA’s announces Maxwell GPU architecture based Tegra X1 for cars

Right at the beginning of 2015, chipmaker NVIDIA has launched a new chip, the Tegra X1. It is the company’s most powerful mobile chip ever; one can use it for performing teraflops of calculations per second. However, there’s a twist in the tale; for now, the Tegra X1 is not targeting the mobile phone, tablet or gaming industry. The chip’s target market right now is automobiles.

Jen-Hsun Huang, the chief executive officer of NVIDIA, on Sunday, unveiled this amazingly powerful CPU at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015. The Tegra X1 carries 256 processor cores and is capable of streaming videos boasting resolution of 4K at a frequency of 60 Hz. According to Huang, it is the “first mobile super chip” to be made on this planet.


The Tegra X1 is based on the company’s own Maxwell GPU architecture. Reports are suggesting that this new chip from the house of NVIDIA will even beat Apple’s A8x as far as performance is concerned.

During yesterday’s event Huang conducted a well-organized live demo to showcase the power of his company’s new product.

The demo was performed on a gaming engine called Unreal 4, which was then running Elemental IV, the 4th installment of the Elemental Workshop quest series. The view offered was just amazing. However, as a result of being the most powerful mobile processor to be ever made on this planet, Huang feels that it will be a perfect match for cars.

The company’s CEO added that he and his team believes that soon time will come when cars will be categorized as the most feature-filled and advanced computers the world has. He further explained that in the future, there will be cars boasting multiple displays of high resolutions and NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor has the power to help running those displays seamlessly.


Anticipating such a future, NVIDIA has also unveiled a unique car computing platform, which it is calling The Drive CX. This platform comes equipped with a Tegra X1-based central computer. The platform will also be perfectly compatible with Android, Linux and QNX-based vehicle systems.


For designing fresh interfaces for the Drive CX, NVIDIA will allow developers to access its development setup Drive Studio. At yesterday’s event, Huang also demonstrated the power of Drive CX. This was done by showing an interactive navigation system and 3D dashboard.