Nvidia’s “worst-kept secret” is unveiled

News Jan 24, 2013

The Tegra 4 tablet chip was officially let loose at CES 2013

By the time you read this, the annual tech-fest that is the Las Vegas CES Show will have come and gone, but we felt it only right to include a couple of choice pieces of news that came out of the Nvidia stable.

First up is the long-awaited release of the Tegra 4 tablet processor, the company’s next-generation chip which CEO Jen-Hsun Huang himself has admitted is one of the firm’s “worst-kept secrets”. The specification at the heart of this chip consists of four Cortex-A15 CPU cores and 72 GeForce GPU cores to boost graphics performance over the previous Tegra 3 chip by six times. Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through its optional fifth-generation Icera i500 processor chipset, delivering four times the processing capability of what’s gone before. There’s also support for 4K ultra high-definition content, which you’d perhaps expect in this day and age. 

Also mentioned at CES was the rather exciting Project Shield, which sounds like something from a Marvel comic but is actually a handheld gaming device running on Android. Users will be able to access Google Play to download games and the device itself comes with an attached (Xbox-inspired?) controller with various triggers, buttons and a digital D-Pad. This is the first device to be powered by the Tegra 4 processor and it will come with a built-in battery life of between five and ten hours of gameplay, a HDMI port and, providing you have the right GeForce card installed, it will stream your PC games on its 1280x720 multitouch display too.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when, or even if, Project Shield will be coming to the UK but our friends across the pond can expect to see this going up against Nintendo and Sony in the second quarter of the year.