NVIDIA shows off the new Tegra 4 processor

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



1. chrischau1308

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

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.

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

47. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Wow Insane.....

79. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

59. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

69. Tegra_user

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

72. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

38. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 :)


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

11. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

15. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

8. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

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.

25. Retro-touch unregistered

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

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

73. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not s4pro , s4prime !

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

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

good break down bro.........This is the chip i been waiting for :) but what about the quadcore Exynos 5250?

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.

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

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 :)

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

33. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

37. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

55. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 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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