Nvidia is talking up its upcoming mobile chipsets codenamed Logan and Parker, even though Tegra 4 hasn’t even shipped yet.
In his keynote today at the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed some details about the company's upcoming mobile systems on a chip. However, by upcoming, I am not referring to Tegra 4 (announced in January, and yet to ship in any device). Instead, Nvidia shared information on Tegra 5, codenamed Logan, and Tegra 6, codenamed Parker, due for commercial availability next year and in 2015 respectively.
According to Huang’s slides, Tegra 5 will be the first mobile processor from Nvidia to feature a GPU built on the Kepler architecture, which was launched last year and made an appearance in high-end graphics cards powered by GeForce 600 chipsets. Bringing Kepler to mobile processors will hopefully enable Tegra 5 to deliver more computational power than Tegra 4, with smaller power consumption.
Tegra 5 will feature CUDA 5.0, Nvidia’s parallel computing platform, and OpenGL 4.3. The Santa Clara-based company claims that Logan will be 100 times more powerful than the first Tegra, released in 2009 in the Zune HD.
We have no details on the CPU side of the system-on-a-chip, but we’ll update you as soon as we learn something.
Watch Nvidia's keynote here:
AnandTech’s Brian Klug has been advised that the first devices with Tegra 5 inside are expected in early 2014, with samples and demos in late 2013. This seems like a very aggressive schedule to me, given that the first Tegra 4 devices are expected in late summer. We’ll have to see if Nvidia will be able to deliver on this promise.
Peering further into the future, Nvidia also revealed a few details about the next generation of Tegra, Parker. Slated for 2015, Tegra 6 will feature a 64-bit GPU based on the upcoming Denver architecture, and will be manufactured using FinFET technology.
While lifting the veil on things to come is definitely exciting, we’re more interested right now in getting our hands on a Tegra 4-powered device, preferably the Shield. As we were told today, the new Nexus 7 won’t have Nvidia silicon inside, but a Tegra 4 tablet is bound to come our way sooner or later.