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.