Previewing NVIDIA’s Upcoming ‘Tegra 4 Wayne’ Chipset

Rumors are already hinting that the successor of the Tegra chipset series from NVIDIA will hit the markets very soon. The roadmap of the Tegra chipset was leaked just a few days ago; the latest and confirmed news is that Tegra 4 – code named as Wayne – will hit the markets by the end of this year. However, reliable sources hint a slight delay in the plan. Now it appears like we will see Tegra 4 only by early 2013. And if it’s going to be in 2013, it is highly likely that the Tegra 4 will arrive at the CES 2013 event.

This makes sense because NVIDIA is used to making most of its announcements at the CES – no matter if it’s a state-of-the-art tablet featuring a Tegra 3 chip or a simple chip. And the good thing is, we are now seeing some interesting stats ahead of the much anticipated Tegra 4 chip release – and they are promising.

Here is a preview of some of the leaked information on the hardware and software features of Tegra 4:

CPU – The CPU of Tegra 4 will feature the same 4-plus-1 structure that was present in Tegra 3. But there is an interesting addition to the battery saving functionalities of the chipset – the Cortex-A15 CPU core will be powering the battery life with Patented 5th battery saver.

Graphic capabilities – We expect to see enhanced graphic capabilities in the Tegra 4 chipset. The GPU will be a supercharged 72-core set up and is expected to be 20 times faster than Tegra 2 and six times faster than Tegra 3. This means, users will be able to accomplish their tasks much quicker.

Memory – Tegra 4 will come with a dual channel memory encompassing DDR3L, LPDDR2, and LPDDR3.

Video – The video functionalities will be boosted by a full picture resolution of 1440p, VP8 acceleration, and H.264 HP.

Power – The chipset consumes much less power than its cousin versions. The power unit is comprised of 28nmHPL, 5th battery saver core, and PRISM.

Display – The display unit supports 2560×1600 (24b) displays at a decent resolution of 1080p. Also, there are 8 DSI lanes and a high-speed HDMI module.

Security – Tegra 4 is supercharged with advanced security settings that include an advanced HW accelerated security unit (which includes HDCP, Secure boot, and DRM).

Imaging – The super speed imaging capability is one of the key aspects of the Tegra 4. The imaging functionally of this chipset is capable of clocking more than 350 Megapixels per second.

I/O – The input/output unit of Tegra 4 is designed to render more support to the smartphones and tablets. The I/O unit of the chipset will also encompass dual channel memory and high speed HDMI.

As it is clear that Wayne will be arriving late (probably by early 2013), this could mean that we may see both Wayne and Grey (the next chipset version from NVIDIA) could be released pretty close to each other. So, what do you think about Tegra 4? Is it going to be the ‘next big thing?’
This is a guest post by Jena Branch of Buycox.com, a site that offers savings and current information on cox cable packages.

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