NVIDIA’s chips may not be as popular with smartphone and tablet makers as they were a few years ago, but if you use a Tegra processor in a device where power consumption isn’t as constrained, it can offer pretty impressive performance. The Tegra X1 chip powers the company’s NVIDIA Shield Android TV console, and NVIDIA has been positioning its processors as solutions for smart cars for a few years.
Now the company is getting ready to launch its next-gen Tegra chip, and NVIDIA’s Andi Skende will be talking about the “Tegra-Next System-on-a-Chip” at the Hot Chips conference in California on August 22nd.
That’s about all we know for certain at this point… but it’s interesting to note that Kende will be on a panel to discuss mobile chips, along with representatives from MediaTek and Samsung, who will be talking about the MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor and Samsung’s Exynos-M1 custom CPU cores that are used in the Exynos 8890 processor that powers some Galaxy S7 smartphone models.
So it’s possible that NVIDIA will be making a play for the mobile phone and tablet space again… or maybe the next-gen Tegra chips just have more in common with those other processors than tey do with anything else that will be discussed at the Hot Chips conference.
As PC World notes, NVIDIA did provide an early look at a new car computer called the Drive PX 2 earlier this year, claiming that it would be powered by a next-gen Tegra chip code-named “Parker.”
If that’s the processor NVIDIA will be talking about in August, it’s expected to have a 6-core CPU with NVIDIA Pascal graphics (based on the same technology as the company’s latest high-end PC graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX 1080). The CPU is said to feature four ARM Cortex-A57 processor cores and two custom cores based on NVIDIA’s Denver2 architecture.