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NVIDIA shows off the new Tegra 4 processor
With CES 2013 about to kick-off in Las Vegas, the folks at NVIDIA started things off with a bang showcasing their new Tegra 4 SoC for mobile devices.

As some information was leaked last month about the Tegra 4, the official word from NVIDIA is that the new SoC will feature an amazing 72 GeForce GPU cores with 4K video support, which is about 6 times the visual processing power of the current Tegra 3. It will also feature a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processor and a second generation battery saver core.

Unlike the 40nm manufacturing process on the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 will be at 28nm, and support PRISM 2 technology for less power used by the backlight. All of this will allow for 45% better power management and lower heat compared to the Tegra 3.

NVIDIA showed some of the speed differences of the Tegra 4 next to current devices, as a Tegra 4 device can load in 27 seconds while a Nexus 10 takes 50 seconds to load. The Tegra 4 also supports a new NVIDIA Computational Photography Architecture to help to take better pictures by integrating different functions. This not only lessens the time to capture an image by 10X, but allows faster HDR images and videos, as well as HDR panorama, strobe motion, 3D reconstruction, and subject tracking.

As an option, device manufactures can add the NVIDIA i500 Soft Modem, which is a programmable LTE baseband chip that can accompany the Tegra 4. It is said to support up to 1.4 trillion operations per second and is 40% smaller than traditional baseband chips.

There is still no word yet on which new devices will feature the Tegra 4, but we'll be looking for them while at CES!

source: Engadget and NVIDIA



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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:16 20

1. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


I want to see this processor on the Motorola Nexus X Phone

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:25 14

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


This beast is amazing. I think nothing at the moment comes close.

I'm sure HTC will be the 1st phone to use the chip, same as Tegra 3.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:27 1

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Ideally, the M7. Probably coming out too soon though. Just another of my "probably won't be fulfilled" dreams.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:47 2

47. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Wow Insane.....

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 09:37

79. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M FALLING BECAUSE OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO SEXY, YO!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:52

59. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


m7 for sure. maybe on MWC. This phone is just, insane!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:38 1

69. Tegra_user (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Noob do you even know what is GeForce core. Ever heard of Kepler,Physics, Cuda, Directx . Its funny to see Samsung fanboys worshiping nvidia.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 10:30

72. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yeah , but they'll pack 16gb storage & at maximum a 2100 mAh battery 2 screw the phone up -_- !

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:45 10

20. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


By the time the Motorola Nexus X phone becomes a reality, we will most likely see a quad-core Exynos A15 processor with a Mali-T658 GPU which may or may not be better than a Tegra 4 (who knows at this point?). I will hand it to nVidia for creating a stellar chipset that I hope makes it's way to, at least, tablet PCs soon. I also want to see this demo of the new Dead Trigger 2 to see how the Tegra 4 performs on graphics.

Also, I'm very excited for the nVidia Shield:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/nvidia-project-shield-tegra-4/

But, as usual, 2013 is going to be the year of "the king is dead, long live the king" as each new processor comes out.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:25

38. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


exactly......the only sense to me: Nexus....
otherwise stick with replaceable battery with Galaxy Nexus....only this Nexus I can use as a real smartphone (navigation, internet, camera) a whole day with a spare battery...

please, Google, think a little about usefulness of any smartphone :)

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 10:16

71. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


Moto Nexus may be the phone to have of the year in my opinion

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:19 1

2. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Project Shield is what I'm most excited about...

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:30 1

11. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


yep, i'm super excited about it. hope the price isnt skyrocket high

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:32

15. mittalmailbox (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


i guess NVIDIA prices are affordable(taking $200 Tegra3 powered tablet) so hope for the same

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:19 5

3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Now I badly want to see a Tegra4 vs S4Pro benchmark comparison.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:25 1

8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I want to see the power usage. Performance wise, I'm good. I couldn't use the amount of power provided by a quad A9 processor let alone a quad A15. I want to know how well this will do in a battery test vs current processors.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:36 1

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


A15 is not light on battery so if you play games a lot it will not be good I guess, But if you mainly do the reading, surf the net then surely there's no problem.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:00 2

25. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I also saw reports of the same, A15 is crazy fast but its battery consumption is high, basically like a muscle car tons of raw power

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:07

28. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The only quote I could find from nVidia about real-world battery power was this:

"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."

Now, it doesn't exactly say what the size of the battery is on the phone they used in their quote, so it's one of those "take them at their word" situations.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 10:32

73. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Not s4pro , s4prime !

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:31 6

12. MeoCao (unregistered)


32nm A15 dual core Exynos 5250 of Nexus 10 is on par with Pro in term of power.

This 1 is quadcore A15, 28nm technology, 72 gpu.

There's no comparison actually

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:33 1

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


good break down bro.........This is the chip i been waiting for :)

but what about the quadcore Exynos 5250?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:42

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


5250 will be used on SS tablets possibly as it's power hungry. Tegra 4 will be used for phones mainly initially as I think they can't make a lot of them yet.

Later Tegra 4 will be used mainly for tablets, same model as Tegra 3.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:45

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


what i meant was which is more powerful the "quadcore" exynos, the tegra 4, or the quadcore S4 krait?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:55 2

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it'll definitely be between the Tegra 4 and the Quad Exynos 5. now this is why i disliked Qualcomm in the first place. they get their SoC's out quick so they're pretty exciting until something like this comes out and completely overshadows the work that's supposed to carry them through a while longer...they've just gone back to Crapdragon status.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:03

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


haha yea you're right bro but does that mean the S4 is "crapdragon" just because something more powerful has come along? Id like to think it served its purpose and will continue to serve its purpose for a while.....Look at how successful its been by being in almost every phone AND tablet using the S4! and remember these chips are beyond what we actually "need" as of now so the tegra and exynos might be slighty better but actual usage for them may be little to none, AS OF NOW :)

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:10

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i didn't mean the S4 which you're right about btw, just the Pro which has just recently started trickling out in devices like the Optimus G, the Nexus 4 and the Droid DNA. i'm afraid devices are going to be coming out very soon that these won't be able to compare to during what was supposed to be their prime. it's looking like the Sony Xperia Z may bring us the Exynos 5 Quad in just a few days to make matters worse for power junkies that just got one of the devices i mentioned.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:17 2

33. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Wait, I'm sorry I couldn't understand that last sentence...are you suggesting the Xperia Z will feature a quad-core Exynos 5 series? I haven't heard that one yet.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:23

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, that's something that's on the rumor mill. o:

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 02:42

55. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1323; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Didn't the benchmarks prove that it would be an S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU just like the Droid DNA?

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