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Tegra Multi-Core Processors
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Introducing NVIDIA® Tegra® 4
NVIDIA® Tegra® MOBILE PROCESSORS
Take your mobile performance farther with NVIDIA Tegra processors in all your mobile devices. Extreme multitasking. Ultra-smooth web browsing that's up to twice as fast as other processors. Console-quality gaming. And the best battery-saving technology you'll find anywhere. Even HD video capabilities for brilliant graphics on the go.
 
The world's first mobile quad-core and dual-core CPU

Key Innovations

  • Quad-Core with a 5th Battery-Saver Core** - NVIDIA's innovative Variable SMP architecture (PDF 919 KB) enables four performance cores to be used for max burst, when needed, with each core independently and automatically enabled and disabled based on workload. The single battery-saver core (or companion core) handles low-power tasks like active standby, music, and video, and is transparent to the OS and applications.
  • NVIDIA Direct Touch* - This is a patent-pending architecture that improves touch responsiveness and reduces power consumption by offloading a portion of the touch processing onto the Tegra 3 processor.
  • 3D Stereo Gaming* - This capability leverages the award-winning NVIDIA 3D Vision® technology to automatically, and in real-time, convert OpenGL based games and apps into Stereo 3D.
  • NVIDIA PRISM Display Technology* - PRISM (or Pixel Rendering Intensity and Saturation Management) reduces a mobile device's backlight power while simultaneously enhancing the pixel color to deliver the same visual quality with substantially extended battery life.

* Not available on all devices
** Windows RT support still under development

 
 

Tegra 3 Specifications

  Tegra 3 on Android Tegra 3 on Windows 8
Processor  
CPU Quad-core, with 5th battery-saver core Quad-core
Max Frequency Up to 1.7 GHz single core /1.6 GHz quad-core Up to single core 1.4 GHz /quad-core 1.3
L2 Cache 1 MB 1 MB
L1 Cache (I/D) (32KB / 32KB) per core (32KB / 32KB) per core
Memory  
Frequency DDR3-L 1500
LPDDR2-1066
DDR3-L 1500
LPDDR2-1066
Memory Size Up to 2 GB Up to 2 GB
GPU  
Architecture ULP GeForce ULP NVIDIA
3D Performance Relative to Tegra 2* Up to 3x n/a
Cores 12 12
3D Stereo Yes n/a
Full Programmability Yes Yes
OpenGL ES Version 2.0 n/a
OpenVG 1.1 n/a
EGL 1.4 n/a
Video (1080p)  
Decode H.264 (HP @ 40Mbps)
VC-1 AP
MPEG-2
MPEG-4
DivX 4/5
XviD HT
H.263
Theora
VP8
WMV
Sorenson Spark
Real Video
VP6
H.264 (HP @ 40 Mbps)
VC-1
MPEG-2
MPEG-4
DivX 4/5
XviD HT
H.263
VP8
WMV
Real Video
VP6
Encode H.264
MPEG-4
H.263
VP8
H.264
MPEG-4
H.263
VP8
Video Teleconference (VTC) H.264
MPEG-4
H.263
VP8
H.264
MPEG-4
H.263
VP8
Audio  
Decode AAC-LC
AAC+
eAAC+
MP3
MP3 VBR
WAV/PCM
AMR-NB
AMR-WB
BSAC
MPEG-2 Audio
Vorbis
WMA 9
WMA Lossless
WMA Pro
G.729a *
G.711 *
QCELP *
EVRC *

* Through Third Party
AAC-LC
AAC+
eAAC+
MP3
MP3 VBR
WAV/PCM
AMR-NB
AMR-WB
BSAC
MPEG-2 Audio
Vorbis
WMA 9
WMA Lossless
WMA Pro
G.729a *
G.711 *
QCELP *
EVRC *

* Through Third Party
Encode AAC LC
AAC+
eAAC+
PCM/WAV
AMR-NB
AMR-WB
AAC LC
AAC+
eAAC+
PCM/WAV
AMR-NB
AMR-WB
Imaging  
Primary Camera 32 MP 32 MP (Max)
Secondary Camera 5 MP 5 MP (Max)
Mpixel/s 300 300
Digital Zoom Up to 16x Up to 16x
JPEG Decoding/Encoding 80 MP/Sec 80 MP/Sec
Still Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Video Stabilization Yes Yes
Features Auto Exposure
Auto White Balance
Auto Focus
Lens Shading 9th Order
De-Mosaic
Sharpening
Programmable De-Noise
Auto Exposure
Auto White Balance
Auto Focus
Lens Shading 9th Order
De-Mosaic
Sharpening
Programmable De-Noise
MIPI CSI Yes Yes
Display  
Display Controllers 2 Simultaneous 2 Simultaneous
HDMI (1920x1080) (1920x1080)
LCD 2048x1536 2048x1536
CRT 1920x1200 1920x1200
MIPI DSI Yes Yes
Package  
Package 14x14 BGA
24.5x24.5 BGA
14x14 BGA
24.5x24.5 BGA
Process 40 nm 40 nm

* Measured with GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt