NVIDIA is launching two new chips today. The first is the NVIDIA i500 LTE modem which is the company’s first 4G LTE modem. But the second is a complete mobile processor with built-in support for 4G LTE mobile broadband.
That chip is called the NVIDIA Tegra 4i, and it’s a smartphone processor that offers a little less performance than the upcoming Tegra 4 chip for tablets and “superphones.”
The Tegra 4i features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a lower power fifth battery saver core. It also has 60 NVIDIA graphics cores, and support for GSM, WCDMA, HSPA+, LTE, and other mobile networks.
In other words, the Tegra 4i isn’t as powerful as the full-fledged Tegra 4 chip. That processor has 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 72 graphics cores. But both chips do feature the same built-in support for HDR (high dynamic range) photography.
NVIDIA’s Tegra 4i can run at clock speeds up to 2.3 GHz and supports up to 2GB of RAM and 1080p encoding and decoding. The company has put out a reference design for a Tegra smartphone calling for a 5 inch, 1080p display, an 8mm thick case, and LTE support, among other things. It’s called the Phoenix Reference Phone Platform.