Google Nexus 8 to sport 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra processor?

NVIDIA Tegra K1While Google is rumoured to be getting ready to retire the Nexus program, it may still launch one more Nexus tablet before it does so. Rumours of a Nexus 8 tablet have been swirling around for some time along with others suggesting a slightly larger Nexus 9. Recent mentions of device codenamed Flounder built by HTC in the Chromium Issue Tracker gave them further credence. More mentions of Flounder have now appeared in the Android source code, this time pointing to an NVIDIA Tegra processor.

Details about the Google Nexus 8 have been slim so far but one early rumour suggested that Google was considering using an Intel Bay Trail-T processor in their next tablet. Developer notes found by now suggest that it will instead use an NVIDIA Tegra processor. One note mentions a 32-bit processor while another points to a 64-bit one. With Google moving towards a 64-bit version of Android, it would presumably opt for a 64-bit processor to go with it. And it just so happens that the NVIDIA Tegra K1 which was unveiled at CES 2014 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours. The latter was expected to launch in devices in the second half of the year, a timing that would coincide nicely with the launch of a new Nexus tablet.

Add to that that Myce also found references to the 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 in the Android source code earlier this month and the evidence grows that this could be the processor of choice for what could be the last Nexus tablet.

Google could make an announcement about the Nexus 8 as early as next month’s Google I/O 2014 event.

Source : Myce