NVIDIA Tegra 4 Specifications Sheet Leaks

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | April 7, 2012 - 07:11 PM |
Tagged: tegra 4, tegra, SoC, nvidia, mobile

The Chinese language VR-Zone website has allegedly managed to get their hands on a leaked specifications sheet for NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 4 System-on-a-chip (SoC) aimed at mobile tablets. Codenamed “Wayne,” the new SoC will come in several flavors and will arrive next year.

The upcoming chips will have 10x the performance of NVIDIA’s original Tegra and five times the performance of the current generation Kal-El Tegra 3 chip. NVIDIA has run into several hurdles in integrating an LTE cell radio into their SoCs, but if the leaked document is true, the company will finally release a Tegra chp with built-in LTE 100 and HSPA42 cell radio capabilities as early as the third quarter of 2013.

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Further, the Tegra 4 SoCs will come in four flavors: T40, T43, AP40, and SP3X. T40 will represent the first Tegra 4 chp that manufacturers and consumers will be able to get their hands on -- as early as Q1 2013. It is a quad core part with one companion core and will run at 1.8 GHz. T43 is an evolution of the T40 and will bump up the clockspeed to 2.0 GHz. The AP40 chip will be the first budget Tegra 4 processor and will run anywhere between 1.2 GHz and 1.8 GHz. The T43 and AP40 SoCs are reportedly coming out in Q3 2013. All three chips -- The T40, T43, and AP40 -- are based on the ARM Cortex A15 architecture.

  T40 T43 AP40 SP3X
Release Date Q1 2013 Q3 2013 Q3 2013 Q3 2013
Markets Aimed At Flagship Flagship Mainstream Mainstream
Tablet Device Screen Size 10" 10" 10" 7"
Processor Clockspeed 1.8 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.2-1.8 GHz 1.2-2.0 GHz
Core Count 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1
Chip Architecture A15 A15 A15 A9
Cell Radio       LTE100/HSPA42


The final Tegra 4 chip is called SP3X, and it will arrive in Q3 2013. Aimed at mainstream tablets with 7” or smaller screens, the upcoming SoC will feature LTE support and will have a clockspeed of 1.2 GHz to 2.0 GHz. It is a quad core (plus one companion core) part but is reportedly based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture.  The leaked release dates do seem to be in line with earlier reports, though they should still be taken with your daily dose of salt.


Right now Tegra delivers on performance and many high end mobile devices have incorporated the NVIDIA chip. Even so, they still have very little market share, and the two mainstream Tegra 4 chips -- especially the SP3X with LTE radio -- should help them make inroads against Qualcomm and Samsung who hold a great deal of market share.

April 7, 2012 | 07:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When this Beast of a processor drops into tablets in the near future, Apple will still claim that it's A5x chip is still top dog, but then again, the Apple Lisa was a huge success........

April 9, 2012 | 02:31 PM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

When this beast comes out the iPad will still sell better regardless.

April 12, 2012 | 05:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

God I hate apple.

April 8, 2012 | 02:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

According to the table, SP3X is based on Cortex A9 , thus it cannot be Tegra 4 which is based on A15.

Please clarify - there might be an error in the original table/article too.

April 8, 2012 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just because they're adding A15 doesn't mean the A9 is pointless. Ultra low power devices should use the A9, not the A15.

April 9, 2012 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

My guess is they are going to introduce it as a Tegra chip but it will be a lower power / budget version with integrated LTE to appease smartphone manufacturers who will then hopefully use their SoCs

October 30, 2012 | 04:32 AM - Posted by JZeliang (not verified)

Apple is depriving people to truly enjoy superior technology through their marketing and brand strategy and their not-so-advance products. But for how long?

November 20, 2012 | 05:05 AM - Posted by Sendy (not verified)

nexus 7 is also equipped with Nvidia Tegra 3
what are its advantages??
asus nexus 7 review

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