A presentation slide has recently been leaked online showing specifications of what is believed to be the next-generation Tegra SoC (system-on-chip) from NVIDIA, otherwise known as NVIDIA Tegra 4. The slide was reportedly first seen in China and that it currently bears a codename “Wayne,” according to a report from Engadget. It wasn’t revealed what kind of occasion Nvidia attended in China that it needed to make a presentation of its next-generation chipset.
If the leaks were accurate, among the information revealed are the following:
- Nvidia uses 28nm processing process, which brings a lot of improvement when it comes to battery and performance, unlike Tegra 3 that used older 40nm process.
- Nvidia Tegra 4 will be based on Cortex-A15, otherwise known as 4-PLUS-1 Quad Core Eagle.
- It is believed to feature a 72-core graphics processor or 6 times the power of Tegra 3.
- It supports USB 3.0. It conforms with speculations that next-generation tablets will be built with USB 3.0 support.
- It features resolution as high as 2560 x 1440 pixels and 4K video playback.
- It supports dual-channel DDR3L memory that may allow up to 2GB RAM.
The rumors about the next-gen Tegra chip started several months ago after many tech enthusiasts found that among all quad-core processors, NVIDIA Tegra 3 was the weakest performer. One of the reasons why is because Nvidia used 40nm manufacturing process but it seems like the company wants to regain its reputation using Tegra 4.
The company is believed to make its announcement during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January 2013. NVIDIA Tegra 4 will be competing against Samsung’s next-generation Exynos and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chipset. The year 2013 will surely be filled with more powerful smartphones and tablets with impressive display and more than enough RAM.
Until NVIDIA officially confirmed that there is indeed a Tegra 4 chip being developed, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.