CES 2013: Nvidia Unveils Tegra 4 Quad Core-Chipset

tegra-4Speeding up the world of processing further is Nvidia’s Tegra 4 Quad Core chipset which we had reported upon when it was leaked. Now unveiled at the CES, the Tegra 4 is the next generation of the Tegra 3 and from the specs unveiled at the CES, Nvidia press conference it has definitely revved up the chipset performance levels one notch higher than the market for smartphones and tablets. The specifications snapshot of the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset carry the following:

  • 72 graphics cores
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Nvidia’s Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip contains a whopping 72 graphics cores — six times what’s built into in Tegra 3. It also includes Nvidia’s first 4G LTE modem. The Tegra 4 is built with a new architecture too.

Nvidia based Tegra 4 is carried on ARM’s latest Cortex-A15 architecture, which means that its processing power will be  faster than the current Tegra 3 quad-core chipset, which is based on ARM Cortex A-9.

Tegra 4 also includes HDR (high dynamic range). The processor very quickly takes two photos, one at high exposure and one at low, and recombines them into a single, clarified and definitive photo. The HDR is featured on many chipsets but if  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s words are to be gone by, Tegra 4 takes shots at a rate of 0.2 seconds per frame, making Tegra 4 10 times faster than the iPhone 5, which took an HDR shot in 2 seconds.

Tegra 4 also enables: HDR panorama, and tracking a moving object without blur.

Same as the Tegra 3, the new Tegra 4 continues with Nvidia’s 4-plus-1 design, in which a much smaller fifth core helps regulate power consumption among the other, more powerful cores.

All in all this new chipset powerhouse is sure to gain a huge speed up in the processing preference for smartphones and tablets.
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