Nvidia Tegra K1 Could Find Its Way Into Servers

Pulkit Chandna

Expects 64-bit Tegra K1 variant to enter production ‘long before’ year’s end

Nvidia earlier this year unveiled the Tegra K1 SoC (system-on-chip) with much fanfare, touting it as a “192-core super chip.” There are two variants of the Tegra K1 : one that combines its 192-core Kepler GPU with a 32-bit quad-core CPU, and another that packs an 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture CPU (codenamed “Project Denver”) instead. While the former has already begun shipping , Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told investors during the company’s recent Q115 earnings call that the 64-bit variant is expected “to be in production long before the end of the year.”

During the call, Huang identified devices, automotive, and gaming as the main areas of focus of its mobile strategy , prompting Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Kevin E. Cassidy to question him about the likelihood of the 64-bit TK1 variant finding its way into micro servers. In his reply, Huang said there was no reason to rule it out.

“I think we’re seeing a lot of interest in putting something like Tegra in micro servers, but one step at a time, one step at a time,” Huang said. “I think the most important thing about micro servers and putting TK1 in the server is really the software stack. And the software stack we’re building for GRID can very well eventually be used on top of Tegra as well.”

It shouldn’t surprise anyone if Nvidia eventually turns its attention to servers with the Tegra K1, for its arch rival AMD is already doing it with its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) .

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