Nvidia offers glimpse of powerful, next-gen mobile chip

The graphics chipmaker will demonstrate the new design at a visual computing conference this week.

Brooke Crothers Former CNET contributor
Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
Brooke Crothers
Nvidia chip based on the Kepler design.
Nvidia chip based on the Kepler design.

Nvidia will introduce its next-gen graphics processors for mobile computing at a visual computing conference this week.

The new graphics chip technology, dubbed Project Logan, is based on the company's Kepler architecture and proposes to bring workstation-class graphics to mobile computing.

"It brings a huge jump in performance [and] offers extraordinary power efficiency," Nvidia said in a statement.

That means about one-third the power consumption of graphics processing units (GPUs) in today's tablets, such as the iPad Retina, while delivering the same performance, Nvidia said.

The technology will be demoed this week at the Siggraph show in Anaheim, California.