Tegra 4 Bechmarks

Tegra 4 performance crushes current-gen processors

By on February 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM.

Tegra 4 performance crushes current-gen processors

NVIDIA’s (NVDA) next-generation processors won’t be available in devices until later this year, however early benchmarks have revealed that the new chipset will be worth the wait. Engadget ran a variety of benchmark tests on one of the company’s Tegra 4 reference tablets and was left with scores that in some cases nearly quadrupled the performance of older Tegra 3 devices. More →

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NVIDIA unveils new Tegra 4i processor with built-in LTE

By on February 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM.

NVIDIA unveils new Tegra 4i processor with built-in LTE

NVIDIA (NVDA) on Tuesday announced its first Tegra processor with an integrated LTE chip. The 2.3GHz quad-core Tegra 4i, which brings the company in closer competition with Qualcomm (QCOM) and its line of Snapdragon CPUs, is equipped with 60 custom GPU cores, a fifth processing core for battery conservation and an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem. It also includes NVIDIA’s Chimera camera technology that is capable of capturing HDR panorama shots without requiring a single-direction sweep. The company calls its the new processor the most efficient, highest performance CPU core on the market, noting that it will provide “amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life.” NVIDIA’s press release follows below. More →

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 Release Date

Tegra 4 devices may not be available until August

By on February 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM.

Tegra 4 devices may not be available until August

NVIDIA (NVDA) announced its next-generation mobile processor at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Tegra 4’s performance was demonstrated in the company’s own Project Shield gaming console, NVIDIA still hasn’t set a firm release date. During a conference call with financial analysts on Wednesday, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that Tegra 4 shipments will begin towards the end of the second quarter. More →

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 Specs

NVIDIA unveils Tegra 4 mobile processor with five CPU cores, 72 GPU cores

By on January 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM.

NVIDIA unveils Tegra 4 mobile processor with five CPU cores, 72 GPU cores

NVIDIA got an early start on Sunday as it unveiled its next-generation mobile processor ahead of the CES 2013 rush. Dubbed Tegra 4, the follow-up to NVIDIA’s industry-leading Tegra 3 processor offers significant performance enhancements on a 28nm process. NVIDIA says its new chip provides four times the processing performance of its previous-generation Tegra processor, and it also includes integrated LTE capabilities. More →

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NVIDIA’s newest chip may be six times more powerful than the Tegra 3

By on December 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM.

NVIDIA’s newest chip may be six times more powerful than the Tegra 3

The chips race between NVIDIA’s Tegra system on a chip (SoC) and Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon mobile processors is heating up. NVIDIA is gearing up to announce the Tegra 4 (code-named “Wayne”) that’ll offer big improvements over current Tegra 3 SoCs according to ChipHell. A leaked NVIDIA slide suggests Tegra 4 will have a “4-Plus-1 Quad Core Eagle” CPU, 72-core GPU (20x the power of Tegra 2 and six times more powerful than Tegra 3), DD3L memory support, 2560 x 1600 pixel-resolution support along with VP8 acceleration and H.264HP, 28 nanometer process for lower power consumption and USB 3.0 support. A release time-frame isn’t included in the slide, but Engadget surmises NVIDIA will make an announcement no later than Mobile World Conference in February 2013. More →

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Texas Instruments to shrink smartphone business

By on September 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM.

Texas Instruments to shrink smartphone business

Texas Instruments Mobile OMAP Processor Business

Texas Instruments (TXN) on Tuesday revealed plans to shift its focus away from its mobile processor business and target broader markets such as industrial clients in the car industry, Reuters reported. The company sees its processor growth slowing, although it is still profitable, and is looking to expand in order to maintain growth. In recent years, Texas Instruments has lost ground in the wireless industry to rivals Qualcomm (QCOM) and NVIDIA (NVDA), both of which also produce mobile processors. The company will continue to support its customers, however it will not invest in supporting future roadmaps to the same degree as before. More →

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4G LTE compatibility for NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 coming soon

By on May 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

4G LTE compatibility for NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 coming soon

Tegra 3 4G LTE Compatibility

NVIDIA on Thursday announced that its Icera 410 LTE multi-mode data modem for tablets and clam shell devices has been validated for use on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. “Validation with AT&T is an achievement that paves the way for NVIDIA Icera-powered LTE devices on the AT&T network through this year and next,” said Stan Boland, senior vice president of Mobile Communications at NVIDIA. The Icera 410 LTE modem offers 4G LTE connectivity of up to 50Mbps alongside HSPA+, 3G and 2G connectivity. NVIDIA’s modem is the company’s latest step toward bringing LTE and Tegra 3 compatibility to smartphones. So far, manufacturers have been forced to scrap NVIDIA’s quad-core processor in devices bound for LTE networks in the U.S. Read on for NVIDIA’s press release. More →

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NVIDIA’s Kai strategy aims to make $199 quad-core Android tablets a reality

By on May 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

NVIDIA’s Kai strategy aims to make $199 quad-core Android tablets a reality

NVIDIA Kai 199 Android Tablets

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang previously mentioned that more Tegra 3-powered tablets would be coming to the market this summer, starting at the low price of $199. At the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting last week, vice president Rob Csonger revealed Kai, a plan to democratize its quad-core Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip. NVIDIA is looking to offer tablets that are more powerful than Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but that will be offered at the same low price point. “Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai,” he said. “So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.” More →

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NVIDIA’s mobile GPUs to surpass Xbox 360 performance by 2014

By on April 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

NVIDIA’s mobile GPUs to surpass Xbox 360 performance by 2014

NVIDIA sees its mobile system-on-a-chip graphics solutions surpassing the performance of the Xbox 360 in the coming years. A new graph the company shared with AnandTech highlights the performance of Tegra chips in comparison to those found within PCs and gaming consoles. The solid lines are estimated performance, while the dotted lines are trends. NVIDIA estimates that at some point in 2013, mobile graphic performance will match the Xbox 360 and by 2014, mobile performance will surpass that of the Xbox 360. Of course processor performance is hardly the only piece of the puzzle when it comes to gaming, and Microsoft and Sony will each have new consoles on the market in 2014. More →

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NVIDIA CEO says $199 Tegra 3 tablets will launch this summer

By on March 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

NVIDIA CEO says $199 Tegra 3 tablets will launch this summer

Following rumors of a $199 Google-branded tablet, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said he believes that more Tegra 3-powered tablets will be coming to the market this summer at the same low price. By removing things like expensive memory, a $199 tablet is quite feasible, Huang said. Amazon’s immensely popular Kindle Fire tablet — which shipped with just 8GB of storage and no cameras — is available at the $199 price point and managed to capture 14% of the tablet market in its debut quarter. Huang has been left disappointed with the development of Android, however, and he believes Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform could make a real dent in the tablet market. “Android hasn’t developed as I’d hoped,” he told the The New York Times. “For many people, though, work is still the primary reason to have a computer. They want Windows to work well, they want Outlook to work well. A tablet running Windows 8 with Tegra could be very nice.” More →

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NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

By on March 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

During Apple’s press event on Wednesday, the Cupertino-based company took direct aim at NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, claiming its own A5X chip delivers four times the performance. The company neglected to show hard evidence to support its claim, however. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA, told ZDNet that while it was “certainly flattering” to be mentioned by Apple, the performance claims are unfounded without more data. “We don’t have the benchmark information,” Brown said. “We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.” When Apple’s new iPad goes on sale on March 16th, NVIDIA plans to run tests in order to determine whether or not Apple’s claims hold water. “At some point it will become more clear what the performance really is,” Brown concluded. “For now, Apple has a really generic statement.” More →

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LG announces the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD

By on February 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

LG announces the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD

LG on Thursday unveiled its first quad-core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. The handset features a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Optimus 4X HD will also come equipped with 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 2,150 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera a and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. “LG introduced the world’s first Dual-Core smartphone exactly one year ago and today we’re announcing the next milestone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile. “But speed in itself isn’t what makes LG Optimus 4X HD unique, it’s the benefit we’re bringing to customers with the HD multimedia experience in a mobile form factor.” Even with a quad-core processor, the phone is expected have impressive battery life thanks to NVIDIA’s  “4-PLUS-1” design, which uses a fifth “companion core”  for low processing activities and allows the phone to save battery life. The Optimus 4X HD will make its debut at next week’s Mobile World Congress. Read on for LG’s press release. More →

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NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphones to ship this quarter, says CEO

By on February 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM.

NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphones to ship this quarter, says CEO

During NVIDIA’s earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told investors that quad-core Tegra 3 smartphones would ship this quarter. “This quarter we are expecting to ship Tegra 3 based superphones,” Huang said. “At Mobile World Congress is when we expect to announce these devices, and we expect to announce and ship them this quarter.” The company also announced that its 3G/4G LTE system on a chip will be coming to devices sometime this year. The current generation of LTE phones and tablets use radio chips that are separate from the processor, however numerous companies are looking to integrate LTE into a single chipset. “We will have shipping modems this year, hopefully sooner than later,” Huang said. NVIDIA looks to compete with Qualcomm, which plans to soon release an integrated 4G LTE Snapdragon chipset. More →

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