NVIDIA Shares News of Post-Tegra 4 Chips
We’ve yet to see the first phones and tablets arrive running NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoCs. While there was some uncertainty for awhile about NVIDIA’s ability to attract an OEM to employ the Tegra 4, last month we learned that ZTE would be releasing phones featuring the Tegra 4 by the middle of the year. Even with months to go until those devices arrive, NVIDIA already has its sights set on the future of its mobile processor offerings, and at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CEO Jen Hsun-Huang spelled-out what hardware is next from his company.
Following Tegra 4 will be an SoC codenamed Logan, which should make its debut sometime next year. As this is the GTC, the focus was on the graphics capabilities of the chips, and Logan will feature NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU architecture; previously, we had heard rumors that Kepler might make it into the Tegra 4 itself. The chip will also support CUDA, letting the GPU be used for general-purpose computing.
After Logan, NVIDIA will release Parker, slated for 2015. The chip will be composed of NVIDIA’s Denver CPU and Maxwell GPU designs and be manufactured using FinFET multi-gate transistors. We’re a long way off from any sort of realistic performance estimates, but it sounds like NVIDIA is intent on remaining a force to be reckoned with in the mobile world for many years to come.