NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 aims to transform Chromebooks

When NVIDIA looks at entering new markets, the company likes to move into areas “where we can innovate and where our products can help solve hard problems. The Acer Chromebook 13 helps the chipmaker achieve both.

The Acer Chromebook 13 is the industry’s first Chromebook with the company’s Tegra K1 processor. It offers customers “unmatched graphics performance, record-setting 13 hour battery life and breezy multi-tasking performance, all in an ultra-mobile form factor.”

The Chromebook phenomenon surprised many with its swift rise to popularity, and now people are steadily expecting more and more (this guy included) from their devices. When powered by the Tegra K1, the Chromebook experience is “better than ever.” Here’s why:

  • Tegra K1’s “breakthrough power efficiency” gives Chromebooks “incredibly long battery life, and “silent, slim, fanless designs, which are true measures of any mobile device’s portability.”
  • People rarely use computers for just one thing at a time. We might be browsing multiple websites while streaming audio and running productivity apps. Tegra K1’s quad-core CPU has more cores available than the majority of Chromebook processors, so you can run everything you need to “without missing a beat” faster than on “any other mobile processor on the market.”
  • Lots of schools use Chromebooks, but mostly for “mundane activities like spreadsheets and quizzes.” With the arrival of a new wave of 3D interactive educational websites, Tegra K1’s “best-in-class GPU performance is transforming the Chromebook into a powerful interactive learning tool.”
  • The web is rapidly becoming a graphically rich, visual environment, thanks in part to the wide adoption of WebGL. Tegra K1 “delivers the raw graphics power” that these visual environments demand.
  • We game on all our devices, so why should a Chromebook be any different? With the upcoming launch of games like Miss Take and Oort, along with the promise of great titles thanks to the adoption of WebGL in Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5, the future of Chromebooks is looking really fun.

NVIDIA is entering this market with Acer, the “#1 player in the Chromebook space.” With the Acer Chromebook 13’s $279 price tag, the world’s first Chromebook powered by the Tegra K1 processor may also be the “world’s best deal.”

It’s a “high-performance, power-sipping marvel,” delivering “well over 50 percent more battery life than the average top-selling Chromebook. Plus, Tegra K1 stays cool without a fan, so the system is completely silent.

Its screen is sized at 13 inches diagonally, which allows for a “full-size keyboard,” as well as a “much larger trackpad and display” than previous models. And to top it all off, its 18mm depth makes it “one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market.”

The Acer Chromebook 13 is available now through Amazon and Best Buy.

Source: NVIDIA

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