Tegra Powering a World of Devices at CES 2014

by Noah Kravitz

Among the top stories at CES is our new Tegra K1 super chip, with its 192 Kepler GPU cores. It’s destined to bring PC-gaming technologies, advanced computation capabilities, and extraordinary energy efficiency to mobile devices.

But Tegra is more than just mobile. It powers a world of devices – gaming handhelds, clamshells, all-in-one PCs and micro-consoles. And cars, one of our fastest growing businesses.

If you’re not able to be at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, here’s a rundown of some of the cool Tegra-powered devices on display:

Huawei “Project Tron” Micro-Console

Huawei’s prototype micro-console was generating a ton of interest at their show booth, perhaps because this Tegra-powered little beast was serving up hi-def PC and console-glass gaming without the PC.

Flying under cover of its codename, “Project Tron,” the sleek micro-tower runs Android 4.3 backed by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a host of connectivity options, including 802.11ac, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI and analog audio out.

Huawei is working with game developers to port titles for use on the device and, judging by their fully playable demos, they’re on to something very cool. The console comes with a Huawei game controller that combines the usual analog sticks and D-pads with a central, circular touchpad, a plethora of onboard sensors and an integrated headset jack.

Project Tron is slated to hit the Chinese market later this year.

Acer TA272 HUL Android AIO PC

Acer’s TA272 is an Android OS, 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC powered by a Tegra quad-core processor. It features a 2560 x 1440, 10-point multi-touch display, 16GB of internal storage, dual-band Wireless N connectivity and a premium design featuring edge-to-edge glass and a 30-80 degree adjustable tilt. USB 3.0 connectivity allows for high-speed expansion and DisplayPort and HDMI inputs mean it can serve double duty as a WQHD display for another device. Windows 8 certified for smooth touch control, it’s a great companion for your Win8 machine.

The TA272 HUL is available now for $1,099.

HP Slate 21 Pro

Just a few years back, it would have been hard to imagine a 21-inch touchscreen monitor selling for under $500, let alone one that pulls double duty as a standalone, all-in-one PC. Today, it’s happening, and for even less money. The Tegra-powered $399 HP Slate 21 Pro is a giant Android 4.3 tablet that can also be used as a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen PC monitor, thanks to an integrated HDMI port. The device comes with a full array of ports, Windows touch display compatibility, 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, and a webcam, microphone and stereo speakers good for everything from video conferencing to enjoying streaming entertainment. Heck, HP even throws a keyboard and mouse into the box.

The Slate 21 Pro is available now for $399.

Lenovo N308 Android All in One

Lenovo is debuting at the show a smaller, lower-priced Android all in one with Tegra. “Smaller,” being a relative term, of course. The $399 N308 is either a giant tablet or a compact desktop computer, depending on your point of view. With a 19.5-inch multi-touch display and front-facing webcam backed by a foldable kickstand, the N308 is equally at home as a monitor for streaming media and video chats as it is running your favorite Android apps. The N308 packs Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, integrated stereo speakers, and USB and SD card ports, and it ships with Android 4.2 and both the Google Play and Amazon App Store preinstalled.

The N308 will be available soon starting at $399.