sculpt crop circles with regularity on the country sides of England,
so the appearance of this 310-foot pattern carved into a barley field
in California left the locals wondering if ET and his gang were broadening
their "hood" by tagging spots in the U.S. As it turns out, the spectacle
agricultural art was the handiwork of the NVIDIA company, done as
a promotional scheme to draw (cut, actually) attention to their newest über
video microprocessor chip. Sporting 192 processor cores, the
Tegra K1 claims, "the chip would make for a tablet more powerful
than an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 game console, while consuming one-twentieth
the power." Those little depressions in the center of the IC are the
Braille form of the number 192. GPS-equipped tractors are able to create
patterns with amazing accuracy, but in this case the pattern was laid
out and cut by hand. Clever, non?
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