CES: NVIDIA announces the Tegra 4 – “World’s Fastest Mobile Processor”


NVIDIA has introduced the successor to their Tegra 3 processor, the all new Tegra 4, which has the honor of being the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, as well as being the world’s fastest mobile processor.

Topping the list of impressive stats for the Tegra 4 is it’s GPU, which features an insane total of 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce cores, which equates to six times the power of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor. All of that power will enable devices equipped with the Tegra 4 to do some pretty impressive stuff, such as browsing the web faster, allow apps to perform better and even support the new 4K ultra-high-definition video format. Not only is the Tegra 4 more powerful than it’s predecessor, it’s also more efficient. According to NVIDIA, the Tegra 4 consumes up to 45% less power than the Tegra 3 in common use cases.

I am looking forward to seeing Android and Windows Phone 8 devices hitting the market with NVIDIA’s latest and greatest processor. The gap between low and high-end just got a bit wider, and compared to the Tegra 4, everything we have now seems a tad bit outdated. The future of smartphones and tablets looks bright. Read on past the break for more information about the NVIDIA Tegra 4.

 LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – Jan 7, 2013) – CES – NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA® Tegra® 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs.

Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.

Previously codenamed “Wayne,” Tegra 4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce™ GPU cores — or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 — which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.

Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.

“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

Computational Photography Capability
Among the Tegra 4 processor’s breakthroughs is its Computational Photography Architecture, which automatically delivers high dynamic range (HDR) photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

Its HDR capability captures images, including those taken with a flash, the way they are seen by the human eye — with detail in both bright and dark areas.

Unprecedented Power Efficiency
Designed for maximum energy efficiency, Tegra 4 includes a second-generation battery saver core for low power during standard use, and PRISM 2 Display technology to reduce backlight power while delivering superior visuals.

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.

Tegra 4 Key Features

  • GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core
  • Computational Photography Architecture
  • LTE capability with optional Icera i500 chipset
  • 4K ultra-high-def video support

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NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones tosupercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science withhigh performance computing. The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, see www.nvidia.com.