NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra processor will be a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 72 graphics cores. The company says the Tegra 4 will be the first quad-core chip based on ARM’s most powerful design, and at a press conference today the company showed off a couple of things that the new chip can do.

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In a head-to-head comparison with the Google Nexus 10 (featuring a Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip), an NVIDIA prototype was able to load web pages almost twice as quickly.

NVIDIA also took advantage of the graphics processing cores to dramatically improve HDR (high dynamic range) photography. Instead of snapping two photos one after the other and then putting them together (which can take up to 2 seconds), NVIDIA Tegra 4 features new technology that snaps 2 photos simultaneously and produces an HDR photo in 0.1 seconds.

If HDR is turned on, a Tegra 4 device will be able to snap HDR photos using any camera app. Because photos are taken so quickly, you can also now use a flash when taking an HDR photo.


Tegra 4 will also be the first chip from NVIDIA which features an integrated 4G LTE radio. Previously the only way to get LTE on a phone or tablet with a Tegra chip was to use a separate wireless radio, based on the Icera technology the company recently acquired.

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6 replies on “NVIDIA pulls the wraps off Tegra 4 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip”

  1. This chip is going to suck because Nvidia Terga has a history of having the worst mainstream ARM SoC on the market.

  2. Like the Exynos5 Quad what we really want to know is when we can get a board with it on, we have only just seen a cortex a9 quad from Nvidia

  3. Sounds like good stuff but it has arrived slightly late to the market.

    This is an S4 and Exynos5 fighter chip. Exynos5 dual is already shipping with devices (Chromebook, Nexus 10) and anyone is capable of imagining how scaling from dual to quad would make the Exynos5 two times as fast with a properly multi-threaded browser. So I don’t see the advantage of Tegra4 at the moment.

    The Exynos5 dual is already pretty fast in my Chromebook, quad-core will make it a beast.

    1. Exynos 5 is a dual core A15, this is a quad core A15. I don’t see why it’s late considering there are no quad A15 chips in the market yet.

      1. I meant the whole Tegra4 product portfolio. (There will be several variants, one including LTE radio one without…etc).

        Exynos5 and S4 products have been shipping in products for a while.

        Quad-core S4 products are already shipping (Xiaomi Phone 2) and those are almost as powerful as A15 cores.

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