When it came to dual-core SoCs, and then quad-core SoCs, NVIDIA led the way. More recently, though, we’ve seen Samsung get the jump on it with the race to A15-based processors. In Las Vegas tonight, the stakes are high as NVIDIA gets the CES rolling with its press conference, where we’ve been hoping to learn how the company next plans to innovate in a very competitive mobile-processing landscape.
After talking a lot about cloud-based gaming, NVIDIA came through with its big SoC news: the Tegra 4. Like the Tegra 3, the company is sticking with a four main core plus one low-power core design, but it now graduates to an A15-based layout. That comes along with a 72-pipeline GPU and LTE connectivity thanks to the NVIDIA-acquired Icera and its i500 software modem. We’ve heard this stuff leaked before, but it’s nice to finally see confirmed.
NVIDIA will introduce the Tegra 4 with its Project Shield Android gaming system. It will feature a console-style controller grip, 38Wh of battery life delivering 5-10 hours of play, loud bass-reflex speakers, and a five-inch display that seems to be HD.
Source: Android Police