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CES: Nvidia announces its Tegra 4 processor

The world's fastest mobile chip outed
Mon Jan 07 2013, 05:18

LAS VEGAS: CHIPMAKER Nvidia on Sunday announced its long-rumoured Tegra 4 processor for smartphones and tablets at CES in Las Vegas


Dubbed the world's fastest mobile processor, the Nvidia Tegra 4 retains the firm's 4-1 standard, featuring four A15 processors alongside a fifth battery saving core. There are also 72 GPU cores onboard for powerful mobile gaming, alongside built-in LTE support.

Nvidia showed off the processor on a Google Nexus 7 tablet, which took 27 seconds to load 25 unique web pages, compared to a 50 second load time on the Samsung Nexus 10 - presently the fastest Android tablet on the market. Nvidia boasted that the chipset is also faster than the Apple iPad 4, and three times faster than Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet.

"If you load a webpage using Tegra 4, it comes up in a second," Nvidia explained. "With this processor, there's no more waiting around."

It's not just quick at loading web pages, as Nvidia claims the processor has been boosted for taking perfect images and videos too. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explained that the Tegra 4 processor takes images 10 times faster than previous generation processors, making HDR images look much more impressive, adding that it'll be even more impressive than images papped using an iPhone 5.

"We want your phone to be able to take images as good as a DLSR," Huang said at Sunday's press conference, which The INQUIRER attended.

The processor is pretty good for gaming too. Tegra Zone, which has been downloaded six million times, now boasts more games including Dead Trigger 2, which comes optimised for Nvidia's multi-core chips.

Nvidia also showed off its Geforce Experience and Grid, it's Kepler-based cloud rendering service that was first unveiled back in May last year.

We're at CES in Las Vegas, so check back soon for a hands-on with the world's fastest mobile processor. µ


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