Dec 18th, 2012

While NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 is still a great quad-core chipset some would argue that it has been handily outclassed by competitors. Samsung’s Exynos line is moving along with the 5-series SoCs set to be in devices soon, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro is already inside several devices released to date. Well, it looks like NVIDIA will be moving just as fast as its competitors, and the next big step will be with Tegra 4.

According to a leak by Chip Hell, Tegra 4 — which carries the codename Wayne, likely extracted from the last name of the caped crusader Batman — will be a 28nm chipset that has a 72 core GPU. It’ll apparently offer up six times the performance of NVIDIA’s standard Tegra 3 setup, and that would make it one very powerful piece of circuitry.

It’ll be a Cortex-A15 configuration so it’ll be right up there with Samsung’s Exynos 5, and comparable to the new Krait-based Qualcomm series. Hardware features will include support for displays with resolutions up to 2560×1600 and can support 1080p playback at 120hz.

We might even get 4K support, but considering 4K hasn’t even hit the consumer market for televisions yet we can’t say this will be of much significance. It’s always nice to remain future-proofed, though, and that’s exactly what NVIDIA will look to ensure with Tegra 4.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see NVIDIA head to CES with Tegra 4 details in tow, but we can’t say for sure if that will be the case. There haven’t been many tablets rumored for the big show, and the ones that we’ve heard about haven’t really tipped us off to the vendor’s next big chipset. What that says about NVIDIA’s roadmap remains to be seen, but it’s something to note.

Something else of note is NVIDIA’s difficulty in getting Tegra 3 phones to market, specifically here in North America. It seems a lot more OEMs prefer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line when it comes to high-end phones, with the biggest player — Samsung — making its own very powerful chipset.

The most notable device to launch with Tegra 3 thus far is AT&T’s HTC One X+ but pickings are slim beyond that. To say NVIDIA would like to woo more competitors to go with its chipsets for phones would be an understatement, but the vendor still enjoys a very nice spot within the tablet game. What would you say to having the apparent beast that is Tegra 4 within your next phone or tablet?

[via Engadget]


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