Tegra 4: the tech specs

January 7, 2013
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    The new Tegra 4 System on a Chip was just unveiled in Las Vegas, and we have the full rundown here. Along with the new SoC, Nvidia’s boss Jen-Hsun Huang also touted the Icera i500 baseband chip, a reprogrammable LTE chip that will run Tegra 4 devices run on a multitude of LTE networks, and the Shield, Nvidia’s first gaming handheld.

    The biggest news of the night is, however, Tegra 4, a name that we are likely to hear a lot in the next year or so. Although Nvidia didn’t supply the full spec sheet for the new Tegra 4, we compiled enough information to make a rather complete picture of the powerful new SoC.

    Tegra 4 specs

    • Die-size: 80mm2


    • Built by TSMC
    • Cortex A15
    • 28nm manufacturing process
    • HPL – low-power with high-K metal gate
    • Quad-core + companion core
    • The four “power” cores will run at maximum 1.9Ghz
    • Companion core will run at smaller frequencies and power, but is still a Cortex A15
    • Companion core will not be visible to OS

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    • 72 cores
    • 20x the performance of Tegra 2, 6x over Tegra 3
    • Shaders are not unified
    • Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4.0

    Tegra 4 icera i500 die shot


    • Dual channel
    • DDR3L, LP DDR2, LP DDR3


    • Full 1440p
    • VP8 acceleration
    • 2560 x 1440 encode/decode


    • 2560 x 1600 24b
    • 1080 @ 120Hz
    • 4K recording
    • DSI 8 Lanes
    • High-speed HDMI
    • Dual display

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    • Super speed imaging: >350MP/sec


    • USB 3.0
    • UART, SDIO, I2S, I2C
    • Designed for phones, smartphones, laptops
    • dual-display output over HDMI


    • Kaan Aurora

      Stock android browser on second benchmark test. Haha.

      • kascollet

        Yes, one hellova fail !
        And why is there no comparison with the iPad 4′s results (even in Chrome) ?

    • ET3D

      I’m pretty sure Direct3D 11 and OpenGL 4.0 won’t be supported. The non-unified shaders and 20-bit precision (according to Anandtech) conflict with this.

    • MasterMuffin

      I want to see a benchmark between this and Exynos 5!

      • cycad007

        nVidia’s demo definitely suggests they got the Samsung Exynos handily beat. It’ll be interesting to see how Wayne does against Qualcomm’s upcoming chip(s).

        • MasterMuffin

          Yea but I really don’t think that it’s so, typical marketing, I want to see real results :)

    • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

      Wondering how the memory bandwith will be. This was always the biggest bottleneck on Tegra devices.

      • matt_helm

        I know this was something they “planned on”/”had to” fix, but yeah, I’d like to know too! It is dual channel.

    • matt_helm

      Max wattage?

    • Tets

      I know it is not a fair comparison, but how close are these chips to mobile i7 processors… The companion core is not visible to the OS? that can’t be good news for maximum performance junkies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sal.king.9 Sal King

      What the hell kind of a name is that!?