NVIDIA officially announces Tegra 4 SoC at CES, the chip is especially designed for next-gen smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Previously codenamed as ‘Wayne’, the all new Tegra 4 is packed with 72 custom Nvidia GeForce GPU cores and the company claims that the chip will have six times more GPU horsepower than the previous version, NVIDIA Tegra 3.
On introducing the Tegra 4, Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA said;
“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs. 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.”
The all new Tegra 4 is based on Tegra 3 4-plus-1 design which packs the fifth smaller core to regulate the power among the four more powerful cores. The Tegra 4 chip is the first quad-core chip with Cortex A15 on-board, which results faster performance during all operations.
The new Tegra 4 chip also provide worldwide 4G LTE support for data and voice connectivity using NVIDIA’s Icera i500 proccessor. The Icera i500 provides four times more processing capabilities than the predecessor.
NVIDIA also added Computational Photography Architecture in Tegra 4 chip 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.
As the chip is more powerful, it would consumes more power, but Tegra 4 uses a second-generation battery saver core for consuming low power during regular usage and NVIDIA also uses PRISM 2 Display technology which reduces the backlight power while delivering high-quality visuals. The company also states that the new Tegra 4 chip consumes up to 45 percent less power than its predecessor and furthermore, the new chip enables up to 14 hours of HD video playback on smartphones.