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Nvidia shows off new 64-bit Tegra K1 "Denver" for Android

Nvidia is showing off a bit about their new 64-bit Tegra K1 mobile processor for Android. Claiming it the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, and promising PC-class performance.
August 11, 2014
64-bit Tegra K1 processor with Denver chip

The Nexus 8 looks like it will be a powerful unit. The 64-bit Tegra K1 is the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, as Nvidia is happy to explain in a recent post on their company blog.

Nvidia is sharing some great information on their new “Denver” based 64-bit CPU, pairing with their 192-core Kepler architecture-based GPU to create a fully ARMv8 compatible processor that is also pin compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1 processor, for faster adoption.

Tegra K1 Chip

“Denver” is built to provide the highest single-core CPU throughput available, which results also in industry leading dual-core performance. The new 64-bit Tegra K1 is set with 128K + 64K L1 cache, a good update from the 32K + 32K of the 32-bit Tegra K1.

In Nvidia’s words, the 64-bit Tegra K1 chip will offer PC-class performance; equipped mobile devices will experience much better performance for standard apps, extended battery life and the best web browsing experience all while opening up new possibilities for gaming, enterprise apps and more.

With that all said, we are very excited to learn that this is the expected chipset for the upcoming Nexus 8. Whether you are excited about the Nexus 8 or not, if this all comes together, an 8-inch device with 4GB of RAM, and this monster of a 64-bit processor sounds terribly tempting.


Head over to the Nvidia post to gather more information on the particulars of the 64-bit Tegra K1.

We are very excited for the advancement of 64-bit technology on Android, we are happy to see that the hardware is headed in that direction and look forward to the performance gains before, and especially after, software is developed to fully utilize the technology. Keep tabs with us, I am certain we’ll have plenty more to say about the 64-bit Tegra K1 and 64-bit architecture in general.

Are you ready for 64-bit architecture on your Android device?