NVIDIA’s next quad-core chip could be 6x faster than Tegra 3

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra chip for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices is due out in 2013. While the chip maker hasn’t said much about the new processor, code-named “Wayne,” the folks at Chip Hell came across a leaked product slide which may spill a few details.
NVIDIA Wayne chips
The Wayne processor is said to feature 4-plus-1 processor cores, much like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. That means it’s basically a quad-core chip with an extra low-power companion core which kicks in for basic, low-level functions.
What’s new is the graphics area of the chip, which will reportedly have 72 cores and offer 6 times the performance of Tegra 3, and 20 times the performance of a Tegra 2 chip.
NVIDIA is also moving from an ARM Cortex-A9 design to a faster ARM Cortex-A15 “Eagle” design.
The upcoming processor can handle devices with 2560 x 1600 pixel displays, and may even be able to handle 4K displays.
I’d be kind of surprised if we didn’t hear something about the new processors at CES in January.


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