The definition of pure/mixed motive as a correspondence (of suitable smooth schemes) equipped with an algebraic cycle on its tip may be generalized to that of a correspondence carrying instead a cycle in algebraic K-theory (Gillet-Soulé 96, Gillet-Soulé 09).

These might be called Gillet-Soulé motives (Tabuada 13, section 5.3) or just K-motives.

Via the algebraic Chern character these K-motives map to rational pure Chow motives (Tabuada 13, p. 9). Moreover, they faithfully embed into noncommutative motives (Tabuada 13, p. 10).


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