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Details on the next generation Tegra 4 processor, codenamed "Wayne", leak

NVIDIA has done pretty well on the mobile market with its Tegra 3 processor, and it should be of no surprise to anyone that NVIDIA has been working on the next generation Tegra processor. The company even provided some rough details early last year.
 
However, some detailed information on the next-generation 28nm Tegra 4 leaked today, and it promises six times the power of Tegra 3. Tegra 4 appears to be, according to a leaked slide, a 4+1 quad-core design similar to that of the current Tegra 3. The Cortex-A15-based Tegra 4 has 72 graphics cores and supports dual channel memory. Tegra 4 will also support resolutions of 2560 x 1440 for encode and decode and promises very low power consumption.

Other supported features will include the USB 3.0, making this the first NVIDIA chipset to support the new and faster USB standard.

With CES 2013 kicking off in mere weeks, we should have significantly more details coming in the not-too-distant future. 

Source: Engadget



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Hope their graphics will finally keep up.
By ssnova703 on 12/18/2012 12:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
Nvidia may have it in the PC arena, but their arm offerings had left much to be desired. It sounds great on paper, but we'll see how it competes against the mali-604 and sgx 5xx series.




RE: Hope their graphics will finally keep up.
By Guspaz on 12/18/2012 1:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
Oddly, it hasn't hurt their adoption. Tegra chips are used all over the place.

It's kind of silly, because the Tegra has always been a CPU powerhouse. If memory serves, Tegra 2 was one of the early dual-core A9 chips, Tegra 3 was the first quad-core A9 chip, and Tegra 4 might be the first quad-core A15 chip... They also clock them pretty high too. Tegra 3 hits up to 1.6 GHz, which is pretty high for an A9.

But while their CPU performance has always been industry-leading, their GPU performance has always been terrible compared to, well, everybody else. But this is nVidia. They're a GPU company, but on their SoC, their CPU is good and their GPU is bad...

But yes, I'm also hoping that they manage to fix this problem. It's embarrassing that their SoC GeForce parts are slower than EVERY other company's equivalent GPUs.


RE: Hope their graphics will finally keep up.
By ssnova703 on 12/18/2012 3:03:11 PM , Rating: 2
It is embarassing that Nvidia's soc graphics don't live up to the Nvidia brand, but just because they know their GPU's in a PC arena doesn't mean they have the expertise in the SoC mobile arena(not saying they never will, I'm sure they are going tighten their game).

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Tegra 4 might be the first quad-core A15 chip...


They've been beaten to it by quite a long shot, have you not heard of the Exnyos 5xxx series that is already in the Nexus 10, Samsung Chromebook, and I forgot what else is implementing it? It is the first A15 based SoC to make it to the market.


By EnzoFX on 12/18/2012 3:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
They also just must not care. GPU performance in this space has not been a priority for anyone else besides Apple. I think it's analogous to the PC space. It was and arguably still is driven by the latest CPU, not the latest graphics card. This goes for most systems sold, i.e. cheap desktops/laptops, no dedicated graphics, let alone a good one.

I kinda don't think it's that big of a deal, unless you really want to game a whole lot on your phone. Though If given the choice, I'd opt for Apple's solution.


By zephyrprime on 12/19/2012 12:27:20 PM , Rating: 2
nexus 10 is only dual core.


By Alexvrb on 12/18/2012 11:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
Well there's lots of reasons they have a good adoption rate. Unfortunetely 3D performance is not one of those reasons. They sell well because they're affordable, readily available, they have good developer relations, decent software support, and they don't build a product that directly competes with your device.

I really wish PowerVR had the resources to build and sell their own complete SoC, I'd like a Tegra-like solution on the market but using PowerVR's Series 6 designs.


By TakinYourPoints on 12/21/2012 4:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
Tegra chips are used all over the place because they are made in large quantities and because of NVIDIA's name, not because they are particularly good.


By TakinYourPoints on 12/18/2012 7:55:53 PM , Rating: 1
It is bizarre that a company known for its desktop GPUs (I love my GTX 680) is failing so hard with their SoCs. The Tegra 4 is looking to be barely competitive with the A5X, and nowhere close to the A6/A6X in the newest iDevices. They need a multi-generational leap in performance at this point, PowerVR and Mali parts are so much better.


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