Months before the Google Nexus 8 release date this 2014, NVIDIA has issued the technical details surrounding the 64-bit Tegra K1 processing chip that is rumoured to power the supposedly HTC-built stock Android tablet.
NVIDIA calls the dual-core chip, codenamed Denver, as really the first 64-bit ARM-based application processor designed for Android mobile devices. The chipmaker is upbeat that the latest Tegra K1 incarnation will "completely outpace other ARM-based mobile processors."
Yet really the most exciting component of NVIDIA's Project Denver is the benefits it will bring to mobile devices, particularly the Nexus 8 that likely will first show off the chip's impressive processing prowess.
Below are three of the killer features to expect from a Nexus 8 that runs on the 64-bit Tegra K1, which NVIDIA said is fully-optimised with Android L:
Top-tier graphic engine
Denver is a huge step up from the 32-bit Tegra K1 that garnered praises from experts so the boosted chip will surely make for an immersive mobile device experience whether the rendition on hand is gaming, media playback or Web browsing.
The chip is the right fit for the Nexus 8, which according to numerous reports will showcase in an 8.9-inch screen that beams out at 2560 x 1600 display resolution.
The Nexus 8 on 64-bit Tegra K1 is strong and speedy thanks to the Dynamic Code Optimisation NVIDIA said optimises processing execution by bypassing application routines, which in turn speeds up the whole computing task for end-users.
Despite being a dual-core set up, Denver, according to NVIDIA, "can attain significantly higher performance than existing four- to eight-core mobile CPUs on most mobile workloads.
So like a regular PC, the Nexus 8 on 64-bit Tegra 1 can easily deal with multitasking scenarios, rendering the tablet a workhorse at multiple fronts.
Longer lasting device battery
For a device that packs equal CPU and GPU muscles, one serious concern about the Nexus 8 is battery endurance in a single charge. But with Denver on board, longer operating hours are assured due to the chip's "new low latency power-state transitions," that works wonder with the Dynamic Code Optimisation and 7-way Superscalar Design.
The end-result, NVIDIA said, is "significantly reduced power consumption," while keeping with the promise of delivering PC-like performance for most Android-based applications.
As replacement for the Nexus 7, the Nexus 8 release date is likely set between October and November 2014 though Google's rumoured partnership with HTC for the project could lead to a Nexus 9 rename.