A roadmap of Nvidia’s next chip, the Tegra 4, could be internal future pack for Android and Windows tablets in Q1 2013.
If the sources speak the truth, then we’ve got plenty of tablets packing quad-core A15 chips to look forward to. A15 is the next chip design–officially the Cortex A15 — from tablet and smartphone chip design powerhouse ARM.
Four A15s are faster than the four Nvidia Tegra 3 Cortex-A9s now found in the Asus Transformer Prime. And the Transformer Prime is already pretty fast for a tablet. (Technically, Nvidia calls its quad-core Tegra 4-Plus-1 because there’s a fifth battery-life-friendly core for less-demanding tasks.)
Since Nvidia is aiming at both Android and Windows 8, that means we can expect tablets and/or hybrids in both camps with this silicon.
Starting in the first quarter of 2013, the 1.8GHz Tegra 4 should make an appearance in a “10-inch” device (read: Tablet), according to VR-Zone. Other Tegra 4 versions will appear in the third quarter of 2013.
It gets more curious for the future SP3X chip. That’s listed as LTE (4G) capable. It’s also spec’d as a chip with an older ARM A9 design. We’ll have to wait for more deets from Nvidia before we can even begin to speculate about this one.