Chromebook to be Powered with Tegra X1 Processor

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Google has revealed its plans to integrate Chrome OS with NVIDIA’s system on a chip Tegra X1 and the launch of itsfirst 64-bit ARM-based Chromebook.

Tegra X1 is built on the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU architecture for gaming graphics card. Maxwell is NVIDIA's next-generation architecture for CUDA compute applications. Maxwell introduces design for the Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) that dramatically improves energy efficiency.

The hardware is designed for automotive systems, game consoles and handheld gaming devices. Itis a 64-bit processor based on an ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 architecture combined with 256 GPU cores.

The chip is more powerful compared to the older Tegra K1 processor and is currently being used only in a few devices like NVIDIA Shield Android TV console reports Kevin Tofel for ZDNet.

The Tegra X1 is also known as NVIDIA’s Tegra T210 processor. Google engineers recently added support for the chip to Coreboot, an open source alternative to the BIOS firmware.

Google uses Coreboot in all Chromebooks as it is more secure than the old BIOS firmware and also reduces the chances of a potential security risk.