GTC 2014 | Nvidia announces Pascal, Titan Z, IRAY VCA, Erista, Jetson TK1 in the keynote
Jumping straight from GDC 2014 in San Francisco just last week, we land today further south of the state in San Jose just in time for GTC 2014 to see the opening keynote presentation from none other than NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
Among the highlights of the speech are bandwidth bottlenecks, 3D stacked RAM, Pascal, Machine Learning, IRAY VCA for photorealistic and near real-time rendering, GRID and the next generation of Tegra codenamed Erista.
The next generation of GPUs to follow Maxwell is now Pascal, which will include NVLink to offer 5x to 12x PCIe speeds between CPU and GPU to combat bandwidth bottlenecks. The stacked memory will also expand the memory bus of the GPU by orders of magnitude. Pascal chips will be designed to fit in modules one third the size of PCIe cards for gaming, cloud and server use. Multichip configurations of Pascal should also exceed previous generations in performance thanks to NVLink.
Meanwhile, the new $3000 Titan Z will succeed the Titan Black as king of the desktop GPU. The new GPU utilizes two Titan cores for nearly twice the performance with 5760 CUDA cores, 12 GB VRAM and 8 teraflops of compute. NVIDIA uses the extremely demanding Machine Learning concept and IRAY VCA rendering application as perfect examples for showcasing the raw power of the Titan Z.
Finally, the Tegra K1 flexes its mobile muscle and ups its class by making an appearance with the Audi A7. The NVIDIA chip is able to replace a much larger computer on the car for autonomous driving. The K1 successor, codenamed Erista, is touched upon as well and is expected to launch by 2015 with an architecture heavily based on Maxwell.
With so many surprises, it seemed a bit odd to end the flood of new hardware by revealing Portal for their handheld Shield gaming platform. Proudly announcing a 6-year old PC title for the aging Shield device should have probably been left for the beginning of the keynote.
Nonetheless, check out our highlights of the full keynote below. If the hardware and software promises hold true, then this will certainly be a fruitful year for NVIDIA.
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