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Nvidia says Tegra 6 'Parker' will be a 64-bit chip using Finfet transistors

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Tue Mar 19 2013, 17:53
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SAN JOSE: CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) that its upcoming Tegra 6 chip will be a 64-bit chip that will use Finfet transistors.

Nvidia has only just released Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i, which sports a software defined radio. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia said Tegra 6, which is codenamed Parker, will be a 64-bit processor and use Finfet 3D transistors.

Huang said the Parker system on chip (SoC) will feature a Maxwell GPU that will support the firm's CUDA GPGPU programming lanuage. However it was Huang's statement that the chip will make use of Finfet transistors that strongly suggested that TSMC, the firm's favoured fab partner, is getting close to sampling Finfet 3D chips.

Huang also said that Parker will be the firm's first 64-bit ARM processor, meaning it could also herald the firm's entry in the burgeoning ARM server market. Given Nvidia's strong showing in the GPU accelerator market, the Parker chip could be used as a controller to send data to Maxwell GPUs.

Nvidia's Tegra 6 Parker chip will be based on the Denver CPU architecture, which will make its entrance in the Tegra 5 chip cycle. Huang did not say when Parker will appear, but given that Tegra product cycles seem to be around a year, the tail end of 2014 would be a safe bet and jibe with the slew of 64-bit ARM chips that are expected to flood the market in 2014. µ


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