Over the weekend news came out of the Chinese tech site VR-Zone, regarding the upcoming Tegra 4 processor from Nvidia. According to Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, we should have been seeing a new Tegra processor every year since its launch in 2009. And by their roadmap, we should be seeing their 4th generation processor this year, code named ”Wayne”.
However, if VR-Zone’s leaked information is correct, then Tegra 4 won’t be out until early next year, instead of the slated December 2012 release. As you can see from the image below, Tegra 4 will be coming in 4 SKUs, each with different clock speeds. Of interest is the SP3X which favors the ARM Cortex A9 processor with the Icera LTE100 / HSPA42 chip designed exclusively for 7-inch tablets.
What lends credibility to this apparent delay in Tegra 4′s launch is the recent news that Nvidia might be bringing Kepler architecture (featured in their GTX 680 graphics card) over to Tegra, and indeed the new architecture has demanded the resources of the entire company.
Tegra 4 is supposed to be 10 times as powerful as Tegra 2, and provide double the performance of their latest Tegra 3 processor.