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NVIDIA boss details Tegra future

by Alistair Lowe on 21 October 2011, 11:11


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Announced yesterday by NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, the next three generations of ARM-based Tegra portable processors are already being produced and worked-on behind closed NVIDIA lab doors.


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The future line-up follows the trend of using the real names of popular comic-book superheroes, here’s the list in order of closest release:


o Tegra 3 – due November – Superman

o Quad-core Cortex-A9 design


o Tegra 4 – expected 2012 – Batman

o Quad or Octa-core Cortex-A15 design


o Tegra 5 – expected 2013 – Wolverine

o Unknown design


o Tegra 6 – expected 2014 – Iron Man

o Unknown design

I can't wait for an 'Iron Man' CPU in my portable device and suggest that this be the final name for the Tegra 6.

Jen-Hsun also revealed that development of a new Tegra processor takes around three years, which explains why the roadmap is so well-defined. He also went on to reveal that NVIDIA has invested over $2 billion in Tegra development costs to reach its current state.

A glimpse at the Tegra 3's low-power core efficiency was offered, with Jen-Hsun stating that is required "20 times" less power than the Tegra 2 dual-core, so expect a substantial increase in standby time for Tegra 3-based devices.

Looking to the future, NVIDIA is considering a Tegra ecosystem beyond phones and tablets and is looking to Windows 8 as the likely enabling factor, Huang said.

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