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Nvidia Reveals Its Updated Mobile Roadmap

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Nvidia has updated the mobile GPU roadmap it revealed at GTC 2013 and has provided further information about Tegra 4's successors.

At this year’s Graphics Technology Conference (GTC 2013), Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a rather ambitious and impressive roadmap for its mobile and desktop GPUs that aimed to "put the efficiency and speed of our massively-parallel GPU architectures into an ever-broader array of devices."

At a recent investor event, the company updated its mobile products strategy for the next 12 to 18 months, an approach that, unsurprisingly, is centered on the Tegra family of products.

The previously noted Kepler Mobile and its dramatically reduced power consumption will not be making an appearance in the upcoming Tegra 4 chipset (or its variants), but will instead be integrated into the “Logan,” the successor to Tegra 4 that will arrive sometime in 2014. Details on the Logan GPU are still unknown, but it is expected that it will feature a refined version of the Cortex-A15 CPU featured in the Tegra 4 and will be combined with a Tegra 3 SoC and a PCI-Express slot to create Nvidia’s new “Kayla” development product.

According to Nvidia’s roadmap, Logan will be succeeded by “Parker” in 2015, but considering that it will be the first range of chips to be built on FinFET architecture and the first iteration of the long delayed “Project Denver,” the time frame seems overly optimistic. It seems more likely that Parker will be released in 2016.

Interestingly, Nvidia has roped its CUDA architecture into its mobile product roadmap and claims that it has been an “enormous GPU growth” driver and whilst this may be technically true, we are inclined to believe that it mostly pertains to workstation products like Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs and are sceptical of its supposed impact on GeForce graphics cards.  

This being said, we remain hopeful that Nvidia will find a way to increase the adoption of the CUDA standard and its accompanying PhysX effects simply because the technology is under active development and it has the potential to provide a richer gaming experience on mobile devices.

 

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    balister , April 22, 2013 12:19 PM
    The question really becomes, what optimizations are they doing to Kepler to make the Logan mobile GPU platorm. Lower power is nice, but what will these mobile GPUs be capable off. As the chart shows, we won't see a Maxwell based mobile GPU till 2015, so how much more can they push Kepler for Logan?
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    hero1 , April 22, 2013 12:44 PM
    So what we can take from this roadmap is that we won't be seeing anything new in desktop GPUs until early 2015. I like it because people won't have to upgrade so fast. And this also means that the step from Kepler to Maxwell will be huge and I hope they don't disappoint us with a mere 10% increase in performance.
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    silverblue , April 22, 2013 1:41 PM
    It's a bit dirty showing your direct competitor's sales, by name, on one of your public slides... isn't it?
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    slomo4sho , April 22, 2013 4:32 PM
    Lets see how those projections look beyond 2013 considering that the entire console market has been engulfed by AMD and there is more competition entering into the mobile markets.
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    renz496 , April 22, 2013 5:45 PM
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    The question really becomes, what optimizations are they doing to Kepler to make the Logan mobile GPU platorm. Lower power is nice, but what will these mobile GPUs be capable off. As the chart shows, we won't see a Maxwell based mobile GPU till 2015, so how much more can they push Kepler for Logan?


    Last week there is news here at toms about "mobile kepler" running bf3 and nvidia compares those visual to some sbooting games from ipad4 (i believe the fps game they run on the ipad was modern combat 4 from gameloft though i have no way to confirm this). Some speculate it was kepler laptop and some others says it must be someting based on nvidia tegra since they were comparing it to apple ipad. It has been confirm thebf3 footage that being demoed to the public was run on kayla platform.

    http://blogs.nvidia.com/2013/04/quantum-leap-what-kepler-can-do-for-next-generation-tablets/
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    renz496 , April 22, 2013 6:23 PM
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    So what we can take from this roadmap is that we won't be seeing anything new in desktop GPUs until early 2015. I like it because people won't have to upgrade so fast. And this also means that the step from Kepler to Maxwell will be huge and I hope they don't disappoint us with a mere 10% increase in performance.


    I don't think so. Especially amd i dont think they want to keep 7970 as their main flagship until 2015. In performance perspective there might be no reason to come out with much faster gpu because the performance are quite excessive even for now but it doesn't mean the competition will hold back.
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    ojas , April 23, 2013 3:33 AM
    Lol i actually thought that this was an update to the GTC roadmap. I mean seriously, this is over a month old.
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    somebodyspecial , April 23, 2013 6:25 AM
    Both companies will release new cards by Q1 2014 (AMD may squeak in to 2013, but barely). Maxwell is 2015 for MOBILE, 2014 for desktop. The cart at the top isn't talking desktops it's all about Tegra. Unfortunately I probably can't wait until Q1 2014 for my next gpu, but I will valiantly try..LOL. We should get some nice boosts at 20nm chips so I have high hopes for both refreshes this year/next (from amd/nvidia respectively). I'm wondering though if these will by hybrid 20nm though or full 20nm (or some other nm...LOL). I can't really find anything totally specific about this fact.