Nvidia is pretty much on the highest peak of them all right about now, equipping both smartphones and tablets with their quad-core Tegra 3 (4-Plus-1) chipsets. But that’s not all, according to a leaked information Nvidia is already working hard on the next-generation Tegra 4 cores (codenamed Wayne from Batman). A codename that we’ve heard about for the first time back in September of 2011 after a roadmap leak. Tegra 4 will be announced sometime this year (in the 3rd of 4th quarter), but it will only be released in 2013 (not that any of us will notice with the Tegra 3 working brilliantly).
According to a new leak Tegra 4 will have four different models, but only three of which will be based on the latest ARM Cortex-A15 CPU architecture, the fourth will continue to follow A9 path while the core configuration remains the same as Tegra 3 4-Plus-1 (four main cores plus a secondary core), but with a slightly increased clocking. This could be a move to even out the price tag of the Tegra 4 processors and at least make a low-cost Tegra 4 chip.
The first quarter of 2013 is apparently scheduled for high-end devices equipped with an ARM Cortex-A15 clocked at 1.8GHz, while by the end of the third quarter 10.1-inch tablets will get it as well boosted at a clocking speed of 2GHz.
While the other two mainstream Tegra 4 models will be available starting with the third quarter. The A15 architecture clocked between 1.2GHz and 1.8GHz will head to 10.1 tablets targeting a more mainstream market positioning which could potential bring cheaper products by the end of 2013. The second Tegra 4 will be heading to the A9 architecture equipping 7 inch tablets and smartphones clocked from 1.2GHz to 2.0GHz, and in particular, will add support on LTE100/HSPA42 network which is missing now on Tegra 3 chipsets.
This will be the first Tegra to support LTE networks, you can make up for the Tegra 3 is unable to support LTE, leading to a large number of 4G mobile phone to switch to the shortcomings of the Qualcomm platform .