You can’t buy a phone, tablet, or game console with NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor yet. But starting today you’ll be able to pre-order a dev kit featuring the new chip.
The devkit is basically a tiny computer-on-a-board featuring NVIDIA’s new processor as well as 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, and a range of other features including:
- Half mini-PCIE slot
- Gigabite Ethernet
- SD card connector
- HDMI port
- Mic and Line jacks
- 1 micro USB 2.0 port
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- SATA data port
- 4MByte boot flash
There’s also an expansion port for UART, GPIO, and DP/LVDS signals, among other things.
The Jetson TK1 board features NVIDIA’s ARM Cortex-A15 4-Plus-1 quad-core processor with Kepler graphics and 192 NVIDIA CUDA cores.
NVIDIA’s board is aimed at developers and supports the CUDA 6.0 developer tool suite. The idea is to provide tools for app developers to create software that can take advantage of the Tegra K1’s features… and for hardware makers to take the platform for a spin when deciding which chip to use.
But the Jetson TK1 also happens to be the first device to ship with a Tegra K1 chip. For $192, it’s kind of tempting to pick one up for use as an Android-powered desktop PC or media center.
NVIDIA also plans to launch a separate Tegra K1 chip with an ARMv8 64-bit processor. There’s no word on whether there will be a different dev kit for that chip.