Nvidia Takes the Wraps off the Tegra 4 at CES, Promises It Will Be the World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

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CES 2013Nvidia is using CES to unveil the Tegra 4, which it says will offer record-setting performance and battery life for the next generation of smartphones and tablets.

Tegra 4 will, obviously, be the replacment for the Tegra 3 processor, which was at the heart of a number of Android and Windows RT devices reeased in 2012 from HTC, Asus, Google, and Microsoft.

The upcoming chipset — previously codenamed Project Wayne — is going to sport the first quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU. Nvidia says this will offer for 2.6x faster web browsing and “breakthrough” performance for apps. It will also include a whopping 72 custom Nvidia GeForce GPU cores — six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 — for more realistic gaming experiences and support for higher resolution displays.

A weakness of the Tegra 3 is it’s high power requirments, meaning it was a drain on the device’s battery. The Tegra 4, on the other hand, is promised to be much more power efficient, with a second-generation battery saver core and PRISM 2 display technology. Nvidia says this will bring up to 14 hours of HD video playback on smartphones.

Nvidia Tegra 4Support for 4G LTE won’t be built into the Tegra 4. However, support for worldwide LTE voice and data can be added through an optional chipset — the NVIDIA Icera i500 modem processor.

?Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,? said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at Nvidia. ?Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.? 

The Computational Photography Architecture, brings together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera?s image-signal processor to provide pictures, including those taken with a flash, that appear the way they are seen by the human eye ? with detail in both bright and dark areas. 

Nvidia has not yet announced when tablets and smartphones with Tegra 4 processors will be released.



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