Peeking Inside NVIDIA’s Computex Private Demo Room

by Bob Sherbin

Skirt the shadow of Taipei 101, Taiwan’s iconic post-modern pagoda-style skyscraper. Hustle past the Grand Hyatt’s yawning marble foyer. Duck around the glitter-edged coral pendants in the gift shop. And, if you’re lucky, you may get admitted to NVIDIA’s private demo room for certain visitors to Computex.

With deep-black walls and beechwood floor, it’s not a particularly imposing space. But it does bristle with some of NVIDIA’s latest technology that has the city buzzing this week.

Here’s a peek at some of what we can share with you that NVIDIA is showing off here:

  • Tegra 4 – Devices are just this month emerging into the market, equipped with the world’s fastest mobile processor, which features a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 custom GPU cores. You’ll find two just-announced tablets – ASUS’s Transformer Pad Infinity and Toshiba’s Excite Pro – as well as HP’s SlateBook x2, announced last month.
  • Tegra 4i – Our first mobile processor to integrate 4G LTE connectivity is already built into a phone we’re quietly showing to customers. It has a 4.8-inch, 720p screen. And it should be in the market by the first months of next year.
  • DirectStylus – Old Computex hands were totally caught off guard by our new technology for Tegra 4-based tablets that enables a simple, passive stylus to be used to draw lines of different width simply by varying pressure applied by the user.
  • SHIELD – It doesn’t ship until later this month, but a few early production models of this gaming and entertainment portable are being wielded in the demo room. You’ll see Android games getting played at the highest level, AAA PC titles streamed to SHIELD, and 4K video being streamed from SHIELD to a glistening 85-inch 4K TV.
  • GRID – In addition to consumer-focused devices, we’re also showing NVIDIA GRID, which contains the world’s first virtual GPUs – enabling graphics-intensive applications to be streamed to any screen. A Mac on a nearby table has five concurrent applications running, including a number that are PC-only, like Autodesk, RTT and Solidworks.
NVIDIA’s Doug MacMillan alongside our GRID demonstration gear.