At 2013’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nvidia has announced the development of what the firm calls “the world’s fastest mobile processor.”
The graphics chip maker says that the new Tegra 4 chip contains 72 GeForce GPU cores — six times the power of its predecessor, Tegra 3 — which will improve gaming experiences and be able to support higher resolution displays in mobile devices. In addition, the new processor will include the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and better performance for apps.
Through an optional chipset, the Nvidia Icera i500 processor, Tegra 4 can host 4G LTE networking with voice and data support.
“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.”
It’s not currently known when the Tegra 4 will become commercially available. The former generation Tegra 3 currently powers both Google’s Nexus tablet and Microsoft’s Windows 8 Surface tablet.
In addition, the firm also announced at CES 2013 the launch of its first gaming console. Dubbed “Project Shield,” the gaming device will run on Google’s Android Jelly Bean operating system and include the new Tegra chip. According to the firm, the Project Shield console will be able to run both Android games and steam video games from PCs, although pricing details are yet to be announced.
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