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White Papers

GPU-Based Deep Learning Inference - A Performance and Power Analysis

NVIDIA GPUs already provide the platform of choice for Deep Learning Training today. This whitepaper investigates Deep Learning Inference on a Geforce Titan X and Tegra TX1 SoC. The results show that GPUs provide state-of-the art inference performance and energy efficiency, making them the platform of choice for anyone wanting to deploy a trained neural network in the field. View PDF 

NVIDIA Tegra X1 - NVIDIA'S New Mobile Superchip

Tegra X1 is NVIDIA's latest superchip, and has raised the bar again for mobile visual computing and energy-efficiency. Tegra X1 with its 256-core Maxwell GPU delivers 2x the performance and 2x the energy efficiency of Tegra K1. Tegra X1 supports the latest graphics APIs and further blurs the lines separating mobile, console and PC gaming. This paper explains the architectural features and capabilities of Tegra X1 and focuses in detail on mobile graphics and automotive technologies made possible by Tegra X1. View PDF 


NVIDIA's latest and most advanced mobile processor Tegra™ K1, creates a major discontinuity in the state of mobile graphics by bringing the powerful NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture to mobile, and delivering tremendous visual computing capabilities and breakthrough power efficiency. With two decades of GPU industry leadership, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor delivers the performance demanded by next-generation PC- and console-class mobile games, modern user interfaces, advanced visual computing applications, and high-resolution 4K displays, while delivering exceptional power efficiency required to bring the above capabilities to mobile devices. This whitepaper describes the architecture and benefits of Tegra K1 and Kepler GPU. View PDF 

NVIDIA Software Defined Radio Modem Technology – Enabling Next Generation LTE

Conventional wisdom, together with the massive amount of legacy investment by traditional modem vendors, dictates a fixed function approach to modem design. However the complexity of multi-mode, high-throughput cellular air-interfaces requires a revolution to lift us from convention. This revolution is brought about by the NVIDIA® Software Defined modem technology, the latest implementation of which is in the NVIDIA i500 and Tegra® 4i, discussed in this whitepaper. View PDF 

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Family GPU Architecture

The need for higher quality GPU subsystems in mobile devices and automotive infotainment systems will continue to grow as usage models rely increasingly on faster graphics processing capabilities. For the best user experiences, devices must provide highly responsive graphical user interfaces, fast Web browsing capability, visually rich 3D gaming, all while being able to drive higher resolution displays. The GPU subsystem within the NVIDIA® Tegra 4 family of processors is enabling all of the aforementioned visual computing capabilities in mobile devices, and is discussed in detail in this whitepaper. View PDF 

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Family CPU Architecture – Next Generation 4-PLUS-1™ Quad core

Smartphones and tablets are increasingly being used as personal computing devices. Today's mobile devices are no longer being used only for phone calls, messaging, and occasional Web browsing. Mobile applications for PC-class use cases such as photo editing, word processing, multi-tabbed Web browsing, modern graphics-rich gaming, and multi-tasking are now available and are pushing the performance requirements of mobile devices. The quad core CPUs and fifth Battery Saver Core in the NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 family of mobile SoCs discussed in this whitepaper, are architected to drive the next generation of mobile applications, and include several key enhancements that deliver higher performance along with great battery life.View PDF 

Chimera: The NVIDIA Computational Photography Architecture

The next wave in smartphone camera use will be fueled by computational photography. This will result in better images, capturing a scene based exactly on the subtleties and details your eyes see. The Chimera architecture harnesses the processing power built into the Tegra GPU, CPU, and ISP, enabling new computational photography features such as Always-on HDR for truly stunning photos, and advanced object tracking capability. View PDF 

NVIDIA Miracast Wireless Display Architecture

The group that brought Wi-Fi to the world will soon introduce their Miracast wireless display standard – enabling mobile devices to stream video and audio directly to large HDTVs without the need for cables or an existing wireless network. NVDIA will support this standard by bringing Tegra's outstanding multimedia capabilities to wireless display. This white paper looks at how NVIDIA's expertise in graphics and video processing can deliver an enriched wireless display experience. View PDF 

Variable SMP (4-PLUS-1™) – A Multi-Core CPU Architecture for Low Power and High Performance

As the performance requirements of mobile apps increase, SoC vendors are increasingly adopting multi-core processor architectures. This empowers them to deliver increased performance while keeping power consumption within mobile budgets. This white paper looks at Tegra 3's 4-PLUS-1™ architecture, which delivers new levels of quad-core performance, plus battery power savings that minimizes power consumption during active standby states. View PDF 

NVIDIA® DirectTouch™ Architecture

NVIDIA DirectTouch is a patent-pending touch architecture that improves touch responsiveness by offloading some of the touch processing that is typically performed by touch controllers and touch modules onto the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 application processor. The architecture also simplifies the implementation of touch based hardware and user interfaces, requiring less power while delivering more scalable performance. View PDF 

The Benefits of Quad-Core CPUs in Mobile Devices

This white paper looks at how quad-core CPUs and variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) technology will enable mobile devices to further push the performance envelope. See how this empowers application and game developers to deliver new mobile experiences, all while extending battery life for the most popular use cases. View PDF 

Bringing High-End Graphics to Handheld Devices

The size and resolution of mobile device displays have rapidly increased over the last couple of years, and the growing popularity of tablets will further push the resolution and display sizes to be close to that of laptop PCs. This white paper looks at how current and future mobile devices will need GPUs that can not only handle the increased pixel processing loads, but also remain within mobile power budgets. View PDF 

The Benefits of Multiple CPU Cores in Mobile Devices

Desktop CPU manufacturers transitioned to multi-core processor architectures five years ago to address the growing performance demands and the exponential growth of power consumption of single-core processors. The CPUs of today use multiple cores to complete more work faster, and at lower power, than their single core predecessors. And mobile processors are facing the same performance and power challenges. This white paper explores how mobile devices will transition to multi-core CPUs to further increase performance and extend battery life. View PDF