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Nvidia Unveils "World's Fastest Processor," The Tegra 4

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jan 7, 2013

Nvidia has just announced the Tegra 4, the next generation of its Tegra processors for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Like its predecessor, the chip features a quad-core processor along with a fifth one that saves battery life. But the similarities end there. For one, the new Tegra 4 is built on an all-new architecture. It also has one other key feature we're excited about: integrated LTE support.

The chip also has more GPU power to help with challenging games. It also has 72 GPU cores and is produced using a new 28nm manufacturing processes, which should help improve power consumption. During the presentation, Nvidia played Dead Trigger 2 and, as you might expect, the new architecture delivered a console-quality experience.

Nvidia also showed off just how fast their new chip is by showing off their web page loading test, although critics have argued that by using two different browsers, you couldn't call it a fair test.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Processor has been more successful than Nvidia's Tegra 3 over the past year because of its better battery life. Unfortunately, the Tegra 4 chip is expected to have the same battery life as the previous chip, which could negatively impact sales.

What do you think about the Tegra 4?

Source: The Verge

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Dude Guy Jan 14, 2013 Link to comment

    I just wonder how many security vulnerabilities the drivers (and maybe even the hardware itself) have and how many months/years nVidia will take to release fixes. I assume there will be some unmaintained, closed-source binary drivers, and some sub-par OSS drivers to go with these things.

  • Dillon Shepherd Jan 7, 2013 Link to comment

    "Unfortunately, the Tegra 4 chip is expected to have the same battery life as the previous chip, which could negatively impact sales."

    You may want to go over your sources one more time. According to the NVIDIA keynote at CES:

    "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."

  • Anna F. Jan 7, 2013 Link to comment

    I have a Transformer TF300T and I can tell that Tegra 3 is an incredible processor. Its battery life is INSANE and it's really fast! It has a 12-core GPU so I can't even imagine what the 72-core GPU of the Tegra 4 will perform like!!

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