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NVIDIA rumored to be working on a Tegra X1-powered Shield Tablet

NVIDIA reportedly working on a new Tegra X1-powered Shield Tablet, which should be unveiled at GTC 2015 in March

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 5, 2015 at 04:39 pm CST (1 min, 22 secs reading time)

NVIDIA announced its powerhouse mobile SoC, Tegra X1, at CES 2015 last month, but now it looks like we might see a new Shield Tablet emerge powered by this new processor.

NVIDIA rumored to be working on a Tegra X1-powered Shield Tablet |

The new Shield Tablet would reportedly be powered by the Tegra X1 chip, and announced during GTC 2015 next month. The current Shield Tablet is powered by the Tegra K1 processor, released back in July 2014 at $299 and $399 (Wi-Fi only, and LTE, respectively). The new Tegra X1 processor should arrive on a 20nm process, arrive as an 8-core processor with some serious power behind it.

We should expect it to feature around 500 GFlops of performance for 32-bit workloads, and 1 TFlops of compute power in 16-bit workloads. 2MB of L2 cache is found, while one of the quad-core CPU stacks (the Cortex-A57) includes 48KB of L1 instruction cache, and 32KB of L1 data cache. The GPU side of things should also be incredibly fast, as we have a Maxwell GPU inside of the Tegra X1 processor. It'll arrive with 256 Maxwell cores, thanks to the 2 SMMs from the Maxwell architecture.

As for pricing, NVIDIA will most likely keep the same $299 price that the Shield Tablet launched with, but the display resolution is going to be the big question. It's being speculated that we'll see a 1080p display, which is the same resolution found on the current Shield Tablet. I'm hoping for at least 1440p, while being hopeful for NVIDIA to push boundaries and unveil a 4K tablet. We will be live at GTC 2015, so we'll be sure to keep our ears to the ground and report on the new Shield Tablet, or anything Tegra X1 related at GTC 2015.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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