NVIDIA nTeresting Newsletter – 9 June 2014
In this Issue:
· Computex time. That means gamers, 4K displays and tiny notebooks.
· Google reveals Project Tango and it has a Tegra edge.
· HP picks Tegra for the next SlateBook.
· Netflix on Tegra NOTE has arrived.
Gamers and 4K take over Taipei
The annual tech fest known as Computex was held last week in Taipei, Taiwan.
NVIDIA chose to do a Gamer’s Day instead of having a booth on the show floor this year and it isn’t going to be the last time they do it either. Because at E3, NVIDIA has already announced similar plans to forego a booth on the show floor and to build a Gamer’s Day-like experience outside of the convention center in order to make themselves more accessible to the public and local gamers.
Presentations where given, Titan Z’s where given away, League of Legends exhibitions were played and a tourney was won by Team Hui Chi Tung Shan Mo.
NVIDIA Gamer’s Day attracted more than 1,000 gamers while enlisted three amateur teams for exciting exhibition matches. It is an exceptionally eye-opening gaming fair where all top series of gaming gadgets were on the demo area for you to see, learn and of course, to play. It could be the most exciting Computex kick-off event in 2014.
NVIDIA kicked off the festivities with a Gamers’ Day celebration. 500 gamers turned out in person and another 91,000 tuned in to see the fun on Tech TV.
New notebooks also got debuted at Computex. OEMs have taken advantage of the power and efficiency of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 800M line of notebooks to raise the bar on sleek, fast gaming notebooks.
“Laptop vendors at this year’s Computex conference want to make your gaming experience a little more portable this year. Here’s the best from the show floor.”
Thin, fast gaming notebooks were on full display at Computex with new offerings, including: Aorus X3 with GeForce GTX 870M, ASUS Zenbook NX500 with GeForce GTX 850M, ASUS ROG GX500 with GeForce GTX 860M, and14, 15 and 17 inch HP Envys with GeForce GTX GPUs.
4K displays were also big at Computex, and a 4K display requires a powerful GPU. Asus was banging the 4K drum hard with several different products. The ASUS GTX500 is a 4K gaming notebook that packs our NVIDIA GTX 860M mobile GPU. But the star of the shows might have been the ASUS PG278 gaming monitor, a 25-inch, 2560 by 1440 resolution monitor with a G-SYNC module.
“NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology was something we fell in love with last year, but ASUS showed off an incredible 28-inch 4K-capable G-SYNC monitor at Computex 2014. The only problem? I couldn’t fit it in my bag and run to the airport.”
So in summary, at Computex 2014: games were gamed, gamers were celebrated, notebooks were shrunk, and 4K was displayed.
The Future Is Here: Google Reveals Project Tango Tablet DevKit Powered By Tegra K1
This week, Google announced the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit aimed at pioneers in the app development space who look to track full 3D motion and capture surfaces in the surrounding environment. Beyond the advancements this DevKit brings in motion-tracking and depth-sensing, Project Tango boasts a “beastly” Tegra K1 quad-core processor.
“…What’s most important is the oomph under the hood: NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 chip…”
“As you can see, this tablet is without a doubt the most impressive Android device on the planet…”
“…Google needed a bit more juice and is going with NVIDIA’s new low power mobile beast.”
With NVIDIA’s heritage in GPGPU and computer vision, Tegra K1 and its 192 programmable GPU cores power Project Tango, enabling developers to create 3D maps, game environments and more. The result: a tablet that understands space and distance like a human.
“Bottom-line, the Project Tango tablet is a beast that opens the door to many more potential uses thanks to its killer hardware.”
“[Project Tango] unlocks a whole world of potential in terms of novel mobile experiences.”
“[Project Tango] is easily one of the most powerful devices of its kind and holds the keys to the future of mobile computing.”
Boasting a 7-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and KitKat, the Project Tango tablet will be available for developers to order starting in late June. Stay tuned – who knows, you may soon be painting a 3D virtual battlefield from the comforts of your couch.
HP’s SlateBook Goes Tegra
HP is the next to go Tegra. HP announced the Tegra 4-powered SlateBook PC.
“The SlateBook PC weighs about 1.7 kilograms, is 16 millimeters thick, has 64GB of storage, 2GB of memory, and a fully charged battery can run for nine hours. The touchscreen displays images at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The laptop runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, which is used in HP’s SlateBook tablets. The NVIDIA chip has 72 graphics cores and can handle 4K video playback.”
Look for the Tegra-powered HP SlateBook in August.
New Tegra NOTE 7 OTA Brings HD Streaming from Netflix
Tegra NOTE 7 received a new OTA update today, and it’s ready for download. The update, once installed, brings users the ability to stream Netflix content straight to their device in up to 1080p HD resolution!
We did take the NVIDIA Tegra NOTE 7 out for a spin at the end of last year, and we are glad to bring you word that those who happen to be rocking to this particular tablet, even as of now, will be on the receiving end of a new Over The Air (OTA) update. This particular update would allow Tegra NOTE 7 owners to be able to stream Netflix HD content in resolutions of up to 1080p on their respective device.
The latest update makes Tegra NOTE 7 one the first Android device to offer 1080p streaming from Netflix, and understandably, people are pretty psyched about it.
“This makes the Tegra Note 7 [one of] the first Android device to take advantage of 1080p streaming from Netflix. Nice one, NVIDIA!”
So pick up you tablet and start streaming in HD – or grab one from retailers including Amazon and Newegg.