NVIDIA Introduces Tegra 4 Processor – First Quad-Core Cortex A15 Chip With 72 Custom GPU Cores, 4K Video Playback Capabilities And More

The graphic card enhancer – Nvidia has used CES 2013 at Las Vegas as an opportunity to announce its next-generation mobile CPU – the Tegra 4 is here. The next biggest, baddest mobile processor, the silicon monster that’ll power your next coveted super-smartphone. Nvidia, the company behind this fastest processor claims that the processor is faster than anything in the market out there right now, it packs 72 GPU cores, 4 A15 CPU cores, and built-in LTE. More details can be grabbed after the jump!

The new Tegra 4 processor is exclusively designed to play nice with the optical NVIDIA Icera i500 processor, which can add worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support capabilities to the mobile phones. The Tegra 4 mobile processor as said comes with 72 custom GPU cores, which gives it six times the GPU horsepower of its predecessor, the Tegra 3.

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The Tegra 4 is also presented with a Cortex-A15 CPU core, which the company claims will deliver 2.6x faster web browsing, and a second-generation battery saver core for low during standard useage. At its pre-CES launch event, NVIDIA spent a considerable amount of time demoing Tegra 4’s HDR capabilities, which implements a technology that NVIDIA calls Computational Photography Architecture. CPA delivers HDR photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

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Now, Tegra 4 also includes 4K or ultra high-definition support, which hereby means Tegra 4-powered devices will be able to play content that carries four-times the quality of full 1080p HD video playback. The Tegra 4 will also have supercharged HDR photo rendering, Nvidia says, beating out the iPhone 5?s abilities with better capture speeds thanks to all of those aforementioned cores working at once.

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“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

Nvidia also says that it’ll be the difference between two seconds of rendering on the iPhone and 0.2 seconds on a Tegra 4-powered mobile camera. In particular – a nifty feature is “live HDR,” which actually shows a video preview of the difference between a shot with and without HDR.

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NVIDIA claims that the Tegra 4 consumers up to 45 percent less power that its predecessor in common cases of use. Finally, we got no official word on the availability and when its retailing to the public globally. Stay tuned! (Via Gizmodo)