Remember when NVIDIA
was primarily a company that cranked out new GPUs for hardcore gamers? Honestly, that feels like an age ago, as the company has evolved into one that's producing its own gaming handheld (SHIELD) and has outfitted a number of tablets with the silicon necessary to run the latest operating systems from the world's software leaders. Now, as CES winds down and Q1-Q2 roadmaps become clearer, rumors are flying that NVIDIA's handiwork may power the third iteration of Microsoft's Surface.
Of course, Surface has had a pretty tough time in the market thus far, but it's still a young product. The Tegra K1
, which boasts 192 Kepler graphics cores and a re-engineered CPU, was one of the highlights of CES 2014. And as it turns out, Microsoft may be high on the list of companies to receive it once Surface 3 production begins. It's being reported that the next-gen Surface, as well as a potential "Surface Mini," would rely on the K1 inside, with Windows 8.1 being the OS onboard.
It's still too early to tell if the whispers are going to come to fruition, but it certainly makes sense. Surface as a brand news to make a fairly big splash, and we can't think of too many ways to make a bigger one than to grab NVIDIA's latest silicon innovation and run full steam ahead.