Nvidia have unveiled their next-generation processor the Tegra 4 which is the fastest mobile processor in the world. The processor will be featured on smartphones, tablets and PCs and was showcased running on a Google Nexus 7 at CES 2013.
Nvidia's Tegra 4 includes a Cortex A-15 CPU which is a quad-core chip. The inclusion of the new chip makes web-browsing up to 2.6 times faster and improves application performance vastly making it even quicker than Apple's iPad 4 processor.
The Tegra 4 chip also consumes 45 per cent less power than the Tegra 3 thanks to the inclusion of a second-generation battery saver core. Essentially, the processor has a 5th core that it used when low-consumption tasks are being undertaken. Furthermore, it also takes advantage of PRISM 2 Display technology which reduces back-light power consumption.
Graphics performance is up to six times better than on the Tegra 3 thanks to the a GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores. That'll enable even better gaming performance and also enable Tegra 4 devices to run at higher screen resolutions.
Photography is another area where the Tegra 4 excels because it features "Computational Photography Architecture". The technology automatically generates High-Dynamic Range (HDR) photos by utilising the processor, GPU and the camera’s image-signal processor., while snaps are also taken 10 times faster than before.
The Tegra 4 processor also comes with 4G LTE support thanks to an optional iCera i500 processor. The new chip is up to 40 per cent smaller than conventional modems and delivers four times the power of its predecessor.
Currently, we don't have any details on what smartphones and tablets will feature Tegra 4 chipsets. However, the Tegra 3 processor features in both the HTC One X , HTC One X+ and the LG Optimus 4X . As soon as 3G get any more information about Tegra 4 devices we'll let you know.
By Simon Thomas on 07th January, 2013