NVIDIA is finally ready with its first SoC with integrated LTE modem – Tegra 4i. Until today, all the NVIDIA processors like Tegra 3, Tegra 2 or even Tegra 4 required separate modems to provide LTE connectivity, which was increasingly becoming a downside for the company in the age of LTE smartphones.
NVIDIA Tegra 4i is based on ARM’s R4 Cortex-A9 architecture with four CPU cores + one power saver core and supports max clock speed of 2.3GHz. It also comes with 60GPU cores and supports display resolution of up to 1920x1200p resolution. It might not a provide power like Tegra 4, which is based on A15 architecture and supports 4K resolution, it has more than enough power for current generation of high-end smartphone and most importantly, it has in-built LTE modem.
“NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life.”
The SoC also packs Chimera Computational Photography Architecture, which allows Tegra 4 and 4i running devices to support always-on high-dynamic range (HDR) photos and videos, HDR panoramic and persistent tap-to-track capabilities.
“NVIDIA’s Chimera architecture takes mobile imaging far beyond what consumers have come to expect from the phones and tablets,” said Brian Cabral, Vice President of Computation Imaging at NVIDIA.
Similar to company’s previous KAI platform with Tegra 3 chips, company has come up with similar platform for budget smartphones based on Tegra 4i – “Phoenix” reference smartphone platform. NVIDIA has also introduced a Phoenix reference phone. The phone comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, Tegra 4i and is just 8mm thick.
It is likely to partner up with regional manufacturers to launch devices based on Phoenix in the coming months, we are expecting to hear more about the same at MWC 2013.