Venturebeat – Nvidia’s mobile business will grow thanks to growing acceptance of Tegra 3, a mobile processor that combines Nvidia’s high-end graphics with five computing brains. A leader in PC graphics, Nvidia has reinvented itself in the last five years to become a major player in mobile graphics chips. It competes with huge rivals such as Intel and Qualcomm, and it is holding its own on that front.
By 2013, Nvidia expects to launch two new chips: one code-named Wayne for the high end and another code-named Grey for the low end.
Grey for LTE integration
The Grey processor, coming in 2013, was specifically called out as supporting Windows Phone (and of course Android, Windows and Linux). The Grey processors will be built on 28 nm and feature Icera’s LTE modem built-in. Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia called Grey “a tiny chip to address the vast majority of the smartphone market.”
Nvidia Wayne Tegra 4
The first Tegra 4 “Wayne” SoC we can expect from NVIDIA will be in Q1 of 2013. It has been given the model number T40 and will feature a 1.8GHz Cortex A15 processor. The remaining Tegra 4 models are expected for Q3 of 2013, but most interesting is the SP3X SoC which not only has the potential to be clocked at speeds of 2.0GHz, but it could be the first Tegra chip with LTE100/HSPA42.
Tegra (Wayne) series Processor: Quad ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore + low power companion core Improved 24 (for the quad-core) and 32 to 64 (for the octa-core) GPU cores with support for Directx 11+, OpenGL 4.X, and PhysX 28 nm HPL About 10 times faster than Tegra 2 To be released in Q1 2013 Tegra (Grey) series Processor: Quad ARM Cortex-A9 + low power companion core 28 nm HPM Integrated Icera LTE100/HSPA42 baseband To be released in Q3 2013 Tegra (Logan) series Processor: Quad ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore + low power companion core Improved GPU core 28 nm About 50 times faster than Tegra 2 To be released in 2013 Tegra (Stark) series Processor: Unknown ARMv8 (64-bit) Improved GPU core About 75 times faster than Tegra 2 To be released in 2014