Earlier this year, NVIDIA announced a variant of its quad-core Tegra 4 processor that adds support for LTE radios. The Tegra 4i is equipped with four cores that can be clocked to up to 2.3GHz, a fifth processing core for battery conservation and an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem. The chip also includes support for LTE Advance networks and NVIDIA’s Chimera camera technology. AnandTech reports that the Tegra 4i processor will debut in smartphones and tablets in the first quarter of 2014. Furthermore, NVIDIA has also designed a ‘Brand’ smartphone can be sold by wireless carriers. The handset is equipped with a 4.8-inch 720p display, a quad-core Tegra 4i processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage and a 13-megapixel camera. NVIDIA said the Brand smartphone will be priced between $300 to $400 without any subsidies, while other Tegra 4i-based phones could retail for under $200 with no contract.
In effort to curb ongoing market loss to Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has continued to aggressively upgrade its quad-core Tegra 4 mobile processor. The company on Tuesday announced that its Tegra 4i CPU, a variant of the Tegra 4 that includes an integrated LTE modem, has been updated to support LTE-Advanced networks with speeds of up to 150Mpbs, an increase from traditional LTE speeds of 100Mbps. NVIDIA notes that because of its “software defined radio technology” it can add support for new technologies with a simple software update, making the chip more future-proof than its competitors’. In the future, the company is also planning to update the processor to be compatible with voice-over-LTE technology. NVIDIA’s press release follows below. More →
A variety of benchmark test results last month revealed that NVIDIA’s (NVDA) next-generation mobile processor will be hard to beat. The Tegra 4 processor displayed vast improvements over older Tegra 3 models and in some cases resulted in scores that nearly quadrupled the performance of older devices. According to a new report, NVIDIA’s latest processor is even faster than Qualcomm’s (QCOM) flagship Snapdragon 800 CPU. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →