Nvidia announced its next-generation Tegra 4 processor for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks at CES 2013. The Tegra 4 features a quad-core processor along with a fifth, low power, core to save battery life. Although it retains the 4-plus-1 setup of Tegra 3, Nvidia’s fourth-generation chip is built on an all-new architecture.
The company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that Tegra 4 is the world’s fastest mobile processor, surpassing everything currently on the market. Nvidia hasn’t revealed the clock speed of the Tegra 4’s processor yet, but it does say that it has 72 GPU cores which is a significant upgrade on its predecessor.
Nvidia says its new system-on-a-chip isn’t just for making your games faster, though. Huang demoed a new imaging engine it calls “Nvidia computational photography engine.” Using the Tegra 4’s increased power, Huang demoed some advancements in high-dynamic range (HDR) photography.
An unnamed Windows RT tablet was used to create an HDR instantly by capturing two images at exactly the same time. Later, he showed a live HDR mode that could open to the door to HDR video.