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Nvidia Announces the Tegra 4 at CES 2013

January 6, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The first press conference of CES is Nvidia. They’ve already announced a new graphics card and a grid. Now Nvidia has announced the Tegra 4. As we all knew was going to be announced tonight. The Tegra 4 of course is going to be more powerful than the Tegra 3 (duh?). Just like the Tegra 3 it features the four-plus-one setup and is quad-core. It also has a 4G LTE modem processor built in, which makes it Nvidia’s first processor with an onboard 4G LTE modem. Let’s jump up and down in joy now! Which means It’ll work on all the US carriers! Unlike the Tegra 3.

We have heard rumors of HTC being the first to feature a Tegra 4 processor in their device. The current rumors for the next HTC device point at a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, so it’ll be interesting to see who has the first Tegra 4-enabled device.

They are on stage showing off how fast the Tegra 4 chip is compared to the Exynos chip in the Nexus 10, and I must say it’s twice as fast as the blazing fast Exynos chip from Samsung. Web pages typically load in about 2 seconds on the Nexus 10, with the Tegra 4 chip they load in about 1 second. It’s looking pretty good, it’ll be interesting to see how well it works in the real world.

The big mistake the Tegra 3 made was being terrible for battery, another mistake was the lack of LTE integration in their chip. Qualcomm found their chip in just about every device, either the dual-core Snapdragon S4 (in devices like the AT&T HTC One X, and HTC EVO 4G LTE) or the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (found in the Nexus 4, and HTC Droid DNA).

Hopefully the Tegra 4 did some changes with battery life compared to the Tegra 3. We should start seeing the Tegra 4 in devices in Q2 at the earliest. It’ll probably be later though. Who’s excited for Tegra 4? Let us know in the comments below.

NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

Tegra 4 Features 72 Custom GPU Cores, Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU for Superb Performance and Efficiency; LTE Enabled With Optional Chipset

LAS VEGAS, NV-(Marketwire – Jan 7, 2013) – CES – NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA® Tegra® 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs.

Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.

Previously codenamed “Wayne,” Tegra 4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForceâ„¢ GPU cores — or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 — which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.

Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.

“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.”

Computational Photography Capability
Among the Tegra 4 processor’s breakthroughs is its Computational Photography Architecture, which automatically delivers high dynamic range (HDR) photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

Its HDR capability captures images, including those taken with a flash, the way they are seen by the human eye — with detail in both bright and dark areas.

Unprecedented Power Efficiency
Designed for maximum energy efficiency, Tegra 4 includes a second-generation battery saver core for low power during standard use, and PRISM 2 Display technology to reduce backlight power while delivering superior visuals.

Tegra 4 consumes up to 45 percent less power than its predecessor, Tegra 3, in common use cases. And it enables up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones.

Tegra 4 Key Features

  • GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core
  • Computational Photography Architecture
  • LTE capability with optional Icera i500 chipset
  • 4K ultra-high-def video support

Useful Links
www.nvidia.com/tegra
www.tegrazone.com

Tags/Keywords
NVIDIA, Tegra, tablet, smartphone, mobile, quad core, gaming, GPU, CPU, GeForce, ARM, Cortex-A15, LTE, photo, HDR

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones tosupercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science withhigh performance computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, seewww.nvidia.com