Nvidia today announced their latest mobile processor the Tegra 4, which will soon be powering our latest smartphones this year. Even though the press release below has more details, we though we’ll outline what the Tegra 4 has to offer in more simplified language.
The Tegra 4 processor is a Quad core processor with 72 custom GPU cores, what this translates to is 4 times more graphic cruching power on this CPU compared to Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors. This should translate to smoother apps and more graphic intensive gaming experiences on Tablets and phones. More graphic capabilities also translates to your gadgets being able to play even higher resolution movies.
The Tegra 4 also allows your phones to take HDR photos in a jiffy, since the processor itself can handle all the computation required to create these kind of snaps. This also allows the device to allow you to get a live HDR preview before taking your snap. Earlier HDR was a hit and miss photography technique, where you could see the results of the snap only once you take it. Devices running the Tegra 4 can now allow you to get a live HDR preview before even taking a snap. How cool is that?
Nvidia also claims that all this raw computation power won’t take too much toll on your device’s battery. The new processor up to 45% less juice from your batteries compared to their Tegra 3 processors which means that a device running on this processor could allow you to view videos for 14 straight hours!
Let’s wait and watch for announcements on which smartphones are going to be shipping this processor this year. Here’s the Press Release from Nvidia with more details of the Tegra 4 processor.
NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor
Tegra 4 Features 72 Custom GPU Cores, Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU for Superb Performance and Efficiency; LTE Enabled with Optional Chipset
LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 7, 2013—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,” Tegra4 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
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 to supercomputers. 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 with high 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.