NVIDIA Tegra 4 Official at CES 2013 – Features Quad Core Cortex A15, 72 Cuda Cores, LTE support

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted 4 years ago

NVIDIA Tegra 4

NVIDIA Tegra 4 has been officially unveiled at the CES 2013 NVIDIA press conference. The NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip which would power the upcoming Super-phones and smartphones features an ARM Cortex A15 Quad Core CPU, 72 Cuda Cores within the GPU and 4G LTE support.

NVIDIA TEGRA 4 – Next-Gen Mobile Chip

There are in total five cores on the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip, the Quad Core Cortex-A15 is the primary core whereas a fifth core codenamed ‘Eagle’ that’s built to conserve energy.The Graphics part on next-generation NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip consists of 72 cores which is upto 20 times as much powerful as Tegra 2 and 6 times faster than Tegra 3.

The NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip being a full SOC module comes with an integrated memory controller supporting DDR3L/LPDDR2/LPDDR3 options. It boasts a display resolution of 2560×1600, 1080P at 120 Hz and 4K support. For security, NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wayne comes with hardware accelerated security such as secure boot and DRM. The NVIDIA Tegra 4 also renders HDR Pictures, HDR Videos and HDR previews in real-time as demonstrated during the press-conference.

In General is the fastest mobile chip available to date as shown by the chart above. Press Release can be found below as soon as its available.

NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

Press Release –  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.

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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.

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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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