“Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday detailed the new ‘Denver’ variant of its Tegra K1 mobile processor, a high-performance in-order design that represents the first foray into 64-bit processing for Android devices — nearly a full year after Apple shocked the mobile world with its own 64-bit A7 processor,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Like Apple’s A7, Denver is compatible with the ARMv8 architecture,” Oliver reports. “There is no word on which device will be the first to ship with Denver, though Nvidia does promise full pin compatibility with 32-bit Tegra K1 variants for easier integration. The first 64-bit version of Android is currently in testing and is slated for release this fall.”

“Chipmakers have been scrambling to catch up with Apple’s 64-bit A7, which the company unveiled alongside the iPhone 5s in September of last year. The chip’s surprise introduction was said to have left industry insiders ‘slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared,’” Oliver reports. “‘Apple kicked everybody in the balls with this,’ a Qualcomm employee said at the time. ‘It’s being downplayed, but it set off panic in the industry.’”

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MacDailyNews Take: In other words: Almost in time for Apple’s A8, but actually not.

Apple leads. The wannabes follow at a great distance.

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