Nvidia Tegra 4i announced

Nvidia Tegra 4i announced
Nvidia has just unveiled the Tegra 4i chip, a mass market solution with LTE on board and packing the graphical punch Nvidia takes pride in with a 60-core graphics. Tegra 4i is what was formerly known as Project Grey.

The Nvidia Tegra 4i boasts about being half the size of comparisons quad-core LTE chips (read Qualcomm chips), yet it features a quad-core A9 R4 processor that can be clocked at up to 2.3GHz. Nvidia using an A9 processor instead of the new A7 might come as a surprise, but the important thing here is that it is the R4 modification of the A9 coming with a 15% to 30% better performance than standard A9. Having the A9 as a base actually makes this much more similar to last year's Tegra 3 rather than the new Tegra 4.

Nvidia brags about ‘always-on HDR’ and other features made possible by the brilliant graphics on this new Tegra 4i chip.

In terms of power efficiency, there is the quad-core processor helped by a fifth companion core for mundane less intensive tasks. Add to that the smaller size, and you get significant battery savings and possibilities for thinner and lighter devices.

When it comes to release date, Nvidia expects the first Tegra 4i based devices to arrive on the market around the first quarter of 2014 as the chip design samples will start sampling in Q3 2013. 

Along with the new chip, Nvidia is also announcing the Phoenix reference smartphone design. It's basically a Tegra 4i device in a very slim 8mm shell, a 5-inch 1080p display and with LTE. Take a look at all the new features of the Tegra 4i and at the Phoenix reference platform right below.

source: Nvidia



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17 Comments

1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Nvidia using an A9 processor instead of the new A7 might come as a surprise, but the important thing here is that it is the R4 modification of the A9 coming with a 15% to 30% better performance than standard A9." You mean A15?

2. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yea they did.

3. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

T4 is A15 based architecture.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Tegra 4 is A15 Tegra 4i is A9(R3)

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

what I mean is the part where they said "new A7 might bla bla bla"

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

Nvideategrarocks!

5. doZza

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Well if those are a new A9 cores with the 28nm process, it could be a winner, A15 is just too much for now

12. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it won't be winner...notice launch time for soc? Qualcomm will be in all flagship devices by then...Nvidia perhaps lost battle for this year!

7. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

It would be better to have the ARM Big Little architecture 2x A15 Cores (performance) + 2x A7 Cores (power saving)

9. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I guess we'll have to wait for the GS4 for that.

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Affordable powerful chip from a known maker. I'd take this over Mediatek, Allwinner and Amlogic anyday.

11. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Clocked at 2.3ghz...is fast!

13. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

This could very well make a niche for itself it midrange devices as it seems affordable enough anx well on par with what the top phones have right now, despite he fact other new chips will oudtade this rather soon!

14. ltavaress

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I'm looking forward to seeing the next Nexus manufactured by HTC. Imagine the sexyness of a Nexus combined with the power of the Tegra 4i and HTC's ultrapixel new image chip technology

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I was just saying to some guy in another article bragging about the next Apple chip having the best gpu. At this point in time....its not so much about benchmarks and power...but new features from the chips. I would take this and the new and upcoming Snapdragons over the Exynos and whatever Apple cooks up....if all they are bringing is better benchmark scores.

16. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Would like 2 see how it compares 2 snapdragon 800

17. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Nvidia is a great chip maker but if no one uses it, its pointless I think the best way for them is to get it on any ASUS phones and bring it to the US we need more phones that use a variety of chips seeing everything as snapdragons doesnt make sense or maybe make your own branded smartphone that way people see it, demo it, and buy it. Well atleast we have tablets with T4.

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