CES 2012 CoverageBosco - January 19, 2012
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To say that NVIDIA’s CES 2012 presence was unbelievable is an understatement. With everything that was on display, the sheer size of its booth space couldn’t go unnoticed. But, walking up to the NVIDIA booth, there was one thing that really stood out right away. When you see a triple-monitor NVIDIA 3D Surround setup running in 5760 x 1080 connected to an absolutely perfect racing simulator, you might need to pick your jaw up off the floor. It was definitely an amazing setup that would make any gamer jealous. In order to run NVIDIA 3D Surround, you must use dual GPUs and what better to showcase this technology than using a pair of 3GB GTX 580s in SLI. The game chosen to show off NVIDIA’s 3D Surround was iRacing and its setup really shined. The game looked absolutely amazing and even the gamer that doesn’t play racing titles would likely want to sit in this cockpit and take a spin. The 3D experience just made it that much better. There were also two stands on each side of the driver’s seat that had the NVIDIA 3D glasses attached to them, so you could see just how impressive it really was even if you weren’t playing. NVIDIA did have much to offer CES 2012, but without a doubt the 3D Surround setup instantly caught our attention!
NVIDIA has been an innovation leader in the computer industry for quite a while and the Tegra 3 follows that model to a T. With the explosion of the mobile market, the demand for faster tablets and phones is very evident. NVIDIA has answered the call with the Tegra 3 chip. It is the first quad-core mobile CPU, but that is not entirely accurate. The Tegra 3 actually has five cores, but I'm sure you won't complain about getting an extra core. The fifth core can be utilized in a few different ways. The most impressive though has to be the fact that, in tablets and phones, the fifth core can be dedicated to controlling the touch screen interface. The benefit to a dedicated core controlling the touch screen is the reduction of possible lag from the moment your finger hits the screen, to when the app loads.
Another application, and the one that NVIDIA used to showcase the new Tegra 3 chip, was for the automotive industry and onboard computers in vehicles. NVIDIA had placed four cameras on a car; on the front, back, and both sides. Then, using the Tegra 3 chip, the footage from each camera was digitally stitched together creating a 360-degree view around the car. So if you have a drastic inability to parallel park, or just park in general, then the Tegra 3 will be able to assist you. But, the most exciting news about the chip, after talking with one of the NVIDIA reps, had to be the fact that it is expected to hit the mobile phone market by year's end. So if you are looking at upgrading your phone sometime soon, you may want to try and hold off until phones start emerging with the Tegra 3 chip installed. It will be well worth the wait, unless of course you don't care about the speed and performance that a quad-core CPU would bring to a mobile phone.
NVIDIA Press Conference