CES 2015 is here, and I have some stuff to say about it.
Nvidia’s Tegra X1 and Model 3
From the opening presentation at CES 2015, the huge fan of both video cards in me says cool, the even larger fan of Tesla Motors and technology says “I should change my pants”. The fastest mobile CPU for cars doesn’t exactly scream sexy but when you think about the implications of it when applied to sexy cars that can drive themselves, that is pretty cool.
The current Tesla Model S already comes with a Nvidia chip which could mean this new Tegra X1 could be in the upcoming Model 3. The Tegra X1 is capable of streaming multiple 1080p video streams which it will need for auto-pilot mode, as well as being able to power the massive display that comes with all new Tesla cars, which again could be in the new Model 3. This new chip will likely be going into other cars in the automotive industry which is already making adapting computer assisted driving in various levels (luxury car makers using the most computer assist). The Model 3 is set for 2017, with the gigafactory set to finish around that time, it might actually make that deadline but more than likely real release will be 2018 (Elon tends to perfect them before he sends them). If you are wondering what the Model 3 will look like, that could be revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto show which is starting January 12th-25th (somewhere in that time I’ll be posting the details of the announcement as soon as I can).
4K and how OLED is apparently “not cool”
Cool is a very subjective term, such as how cold it is in Toronto right now. Or how popular OLED TVs are. The popularity of said TVs could also be tied to the extremely high price of these displays. Its about $3500 for the cheapest one, but for that you get (inhale): the deepest black levels of any display, brightest whites, near 100% colour accuracy, low power usage, extremely thin panels, basically a beautiful picture. The problem, as with any new superior technology, is the price. I’m sure this is not news to everyone but new technology is extremely expensive at first, once the information of how much better or how the product using the technology is executed then demand will rise and cost will go down. That last part is difficult and painful to go through, an example in the same industry is plasma displays, they have amazing quality displays but were much more expensive than LCDs so LCDs won. Many reasons can be brought up for the delay in price drops for plasma screens but the fact is it did not come fast enough. The difference here is that OLED displays can be extremely cheap to manufacture but they cannot do that unless there is demand, so some company has to make the leap of faith.
Now there is Quantum Dot panel technology that is being touted as an alternative to OLEDs by being almost as good and not changing much of the manufacturing process. The problems still stop it from plowing down OLED for the next spot, such as scaling problems and using cadmium.
The fact is OLEDs will live on and eventually become the ultimate display, so why fight it?