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Microsoft is expected to put the Nvidia Tegra K1 in Surface tablets

It'll be faster than Mo Farah in a Bugatti fired from a cannon
Fri Jan 10 2014, 15:58
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 front

TABLET FLOGGER Microsoft is rumoured to be putting the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, announced at CES in Las Vegas this week, its next generation of Surface tablets.

According to MSFTNerd, a reliable source of leaks from Redmond, the Microsoft Surface 3 range will sport the newly announced 192-core Nvidia Tegra K1 chip, which, if it proves true, would represent a huge leap forward in performance for the line.

The Microsoft Surface line of tablets has so far received a lukewarm reception at best, and although the Surface 2 showed some promise it has failed to capture the imagination of the tablet buying public and consequentially its market share remains small.

However, introduction of the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that premiered at CES this year will put it among some of the fastest consumer devices on the market. Nvidia claims that its new CPU and 192-core Kepler will place it on a par with the latest generation Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One games consoles, but with mobile capability.

While the processor itself is set to become available around July, Microsoft is expected to launch the Surface 3 in time for Black Friday 2014, by which time Threshold, a major update that might or might not be called Windows 8.2, should be ready for release, and it is hoped that the improved performace that it might bring will make the already speedy Tegra K1 look even flashier.

Tweets from the usually reliable MSFTnerd also claim that Microsoft is also working on its first 8in Surface Mini. µ


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