Nvidia Tegra 4 processor details leaked

Summary:If the leaked details are correct, this new processor will give silicon from Samsung and Qualcomm a serious run for their money.

Details of Nvidia's upcoming Tegra 4 processor, codenamed "Wayne", have been leaked, and if the details are correct, this will give processors from Samsung and Qualcomm a serious run for their money.

The slide leaked by Chinese tech site Chip Hell details a 28-nanometer part featuring "4-plus-1" quad cores with a fifth battery saver core. It is likely that with this new processor Nvidia will shift to ARM's latest Cortex-A15 design.

Graphics are handled by a 72-core GPU that the slide claims offers 20-times the performance of the Tegra 2 and six-times that of the current-generation Tegra 3. The chip can pump enough pixels to fill a 2,560 x 1600 resolution display -- the same resolution as Google's Nexus 10 tablet -- and 1080p output at 120Hz. There's also mention of 4K support, but no details are provided.

Apple's current A6X processor which powered the iPad 4 is about four times as fast as the Tegra 3, so this could put pressure on the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant to squeeze more power from its A-series parts.

"Wayne" is also Nvidia's first chip to support USB 3.0, along with dual-channel DDR3L memory.

While there's been no official word from Nvidia on when the Tegra 4 will be unveiled, rumor has it that the company will unveil the new chip during CES 2013 in January.

Image source: Chip Hell

Topics: Processors, ARM, Hardware

About

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.