The Tegra 4 is a quad core ARM Cortex A15 SoC that comes with a companion LTE soft modem chip developed by startup Icera, acquired last year by Nvidia.
Last year at CES, Nvidia said it planned a family of 64-bit PC processors leveraging Windows 8 as part of a so-called Project Denver, driving systems from laptops to supercomputers. In the past year, Nvidia has kept mum on its plans while Microsoft positioned the ARM-based version of Windows 8, called RT, specifically at tablets.
At an industry dinner late last year, Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang told EE Times the company “has a good story” about Project Denver and to stay tuned.
Some analysts expected news on Project Denver at CES. More than a half dozen competitors have announced ARM-based server CPUs in the past year.
“Given that 64-bit ARM processors aren't available until 2014, I don’t see big issues with Nvidia not mentioning Project Denver,” said Moorhead. “CES is a show focused on the one year horizon, primarily what is for sale by the holiday of 2013,” he added.
“I wasn't expecting any Project Denver news [due to] it's likely focus on server business, which is not a CES focus, but the lack of a roadmap update was disappointing,” said Krewell.
--Rick Merritt contributed to this report from San Jose.
Awesome! 6X graphics improvement!! Now everyone can have retina display! I wonder how imagination's rogue GPU will stack up against this. In the last few rounds they totally destroyed Tegra 2/3 line.
BTW Watch out Intel!
I gotta love the continued roll outs of multi-core graphics and general processing devices! I wonder if there is a plan for providing this device in a small demo board form factor for development efforts? I am thinking that this would make a great building block (graphics, processing power, wireless connectivity) for students working on college projects.
nVidia has been doing an OK job of releasing development kits for Tegra hardware, although sometimes they are a bit pricey for non-professionals.
But why not just use an iOS or Android phone or tablet? I know it's not as sexy as using something that calls itself a dev kit, but things have moved so fast it's easy to lose site of the fact that a cheap cellphone is now potentially a great brain for a robotics or other miscellaneous electronics project. Maybe packaging freedom is reduced because you don't have the bare board to wire into the enclosure of your choice, but these things are getting so tiny the form factor is easy to integrate into other projects, at least for prototyping. IO is a bit trickier, as you can't just wire stuff to a peripheral header on your phone, but there are products like BeagleBone and depending on the product you may be able to get access to a serial interface for communication between a phone and custom hardware.
Beyond consumer hardware, there are products like BeagleBoard, PandaBoard, Raspberry Pi and many professional OMAP and Tegra SO-DIMM SoC development kits that are roughly on par with mainstream phone hardware. There's a ton of stuff out there if you look, times are great for a hobbyist but sometimes you just have to wrap your head around the fact that you don't have to use something that has "developer" written all over it and a big price premium to get stuff done.
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