Nvidia has today announced the launch of next generation SoC Tegra 4i for smartphones. Next generation because, it consists an in-built LTE modem, which is not available in company’s previous SoCs such as Tegra 3, Tegra 2 or even in Tegra 4, that was launched in recently concluded CES exhibition. They all need an external LTE modem in order to serve LTE connectivity.
Based on ARM’s R4 Cortex-A9 architecture, Tegra 4i has been integrated with four CPU cores plus one dedicated power saver core. It can offer maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz. It also includes 60GPU cores and supports display resolution of up to 1920x1200p resolution. In terms of performance, Tegra 4i is not as much as powerful as the Tegra 4, which is based on architecture and supports 4K resolution, but it has more than enough power for current generation of high-end smartphones.
Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA, said:
NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone. Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life.
Apart from these, Tegra 4i chipset also features Chimera Computational Photography Architecture, which allows Tegra 4i running devices to support always-on high-dynamic range (HDR) photos and videos, HDR panoramic and persistent tap-to-track capabilities.
Along with the announcement of Tegra 4i, Nvidia has also released a reference smartphone platform for budget smartphones code-named Phoenix, which features 5-inch 1080p display, LTE, Direct Touch, 13MP camera with Computational Photography and is just 8 mm thick. The NVIDIA Tegra 4i-powered devices are expected to be available in Q1 2014.