NVIDIA’s Kepler graphics tech coming soon to a mobile thing near you

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According to NVIDIA’s official blog, the company’s latest graphics technology, codenamed Kepler, will be making its way into mobile phones and tablets in the very near future. The blog goes on to say that the company will be giving a “sneak peek” at its next-generation mobile processor, codenamed Project Logan, at the Siggraph “graphics and interactive techniques” conference that wraps up today in Anaheim, California.

Apparently the engineers at NVIDIA have managed to rework the Kepler architecture’s power consumption so that it can be used to power mobile phones without draining the battery in mere minutes.

These mobile Kepler chips use only a third of the power of the graphics chips in big-name products like Apple’s iPad 4, while performing at the same level. That means future tablets and smartphones will potentially have as much graphics power as an iPad 4, but playing games and watching movies won’t be as much of a drain on the battery. Even better than that, Kepler supports all of the latest bells and whistles of DirectX11, so any phone or tablet it powers will give developers the opportunity to make their visuals look as amazing as they do now on powerful desktop and notebook machines.

Around a month ago we reported that NVIDIA will be licensing their Kepler tech out. This development means companies like Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Lenovo and others will have the option to license NVIDIA’s tech and tweak it however they like in their own product lines.

I can hardly believe this is running on a mobile device.

As a result, the tech world could possibly see future smartphone and tablet designs based on Project Logan that favour performance over power efficiency. This will dramatically boost the graphical power at developers’ disposal and mean the potential for mobile games that will look as good as, if not better than, current-generation console and PC games. Just take a look at this screenshot to see how good the mobile graphics future might look.

That’s a future I’d can’t wait to see for myself.

Check out the videos posted below to see Project Logan in action, and gaze in wonder at the incredible graphics that may soon grace your mobile things’ screens.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.