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Nvidia: Tegra 3+ ''Wayne'' Arrives Later This Year

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An improved version of Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoS will be available in 3Q12 and capable of working alongside current LTE modems.

On Thursday Michael Rayfield, general manager of Nvidia’s mobile business unit, confirmed during HTC's Frequencies conference in Seattle that the company plans to release an upgraded Tegra 3 SoC later this year in 3Q12.

A Tegra roadmap displayed during the conference named the new "Wayne" chip as "T3+" or "Tegra 3+," although that will not be the official title when the chip ships to device manufacturers later this year. Rayfield indicated that the SoC will bring better performance to smartphones and tablets, but it won't feature the integrated LTE modem as reported earlier this year.

"It'll be high performance," Rayfield said. "It's a pretty significant bump."

The specs for "Wayne" include a 28-nm quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore plus an additional low power companion core (4-PLUS-1), clocked at 1.8 GHz for tablets and notebooks. Also thrown into the mix will be 24 GPU cores with support for DirectX 11.x, OpenGL 4.x and PhysX. This chip will work alongside 3rd-party LTE modems (the current Kal-El Tegra 3 can't), maybe even ones provided by SoC competitor Qualcomm if they can stand to be with each other on the same device

"In the third quarter we'll start to see numerous models that are LTE shipped with Tegra 3," Rayfield said.

As for the Tegra/Icera LTE modem combo, that chip will be called "Grey" (Tegra+LTE?) and is expected to launch sometime around 1Q13, maybe sooner. The 28-nm chip will come packed with a quad-core ARM Coretex-A9 and an additional low power companion core. It will also have the Icera LTE100/HSPA42 baseband modem.

A recent spec list leak hints that "Wayne" may be available in three flavors this fall: a 1.8 GHz "flagship" version, a 2.0 GHz "flagship" version, and one clocked between 1.2 and 1.8 GHz for "mainstream" devices. We expect to see a more formal announcement regarding "Wayne" sometime soon, so stay tuned.

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    dragonsqrrl , April 20, 2012 9:29 PM
    "Also thrown into the mix will be 24 GPU cores with support for DirectX 11.x, OpenGL 4.x and PhysX."

    Wow, that's pretty big. The GPU in Wayne is supposed to be based on a new architecture. Some have even speculated it's a Kepler derivative. This should bring the GPU performance bump many have been waiting for in Tegra SOC's.
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    ashesofempires04 , April 20, 2012 11:39 PM
    frozonicsystem on ship??


    It's a message in a bottle!
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    Anonymous , April 20, 2012 9:23 PM
    Right on time for Windows 8!
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    dragonsqrrl , April 20, 2012 9:29 PM
    "Also thrown into the mix will be 24 GPU cores with support for DirectX 11.x, OpenGL 4.x and PhysX."

    Wow, that's pretty big. The GPU in Wayne is supposed to be based on a new architecture. Some have even speculated it's a Kepler derivative. This should bring the GPU performance bump many have been waiting for in Tegra SOC's.
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    victorious 3930k , April 20, 2012 9:41 PM
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    a 1.8 GHz "flagship" version, a 2.0 GHz "flagship" version

    WTF?
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    Tab54o , April 20, 2012 11:02 PM
    They're calling it wayne.... Tegra 4 Jimmy, tegra 5 Bob and tegra 6 jose.
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    Parsian , April 20, 2012 11:39 PM
    frozonicsystem on ship??



    I am not kidding you, i did read it as "SoC" and then I read your "system on ship" as "system on chip". Brain's interpolation is bad sometimes :p 

    In regard to the post, I wish AMD had also entered this arena.
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    ashesofempires04 , April 20, 2012 11:39 PM
    frozonicsystem on ship??


    It's a message in a bottle!
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    alfaalex101 , April 20, 2012 11:42 PM
    Buy the 1.2ghz version - get a custom kernal + rom - OC to 2.0 ghz no problemo. Thou mad?
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    gilgamex , April 21, 2012 2:05 AM
    alfaalex101Buy the 1.2ghz version - get a custom kernal + rom - OC to 2.0 ghz no problemo. Thou mad?


    It may be lazer cut to reduce performance, like all your 680 GTX compute dreams.
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    joytech22 , April 21, 2012 2:58 AM
    gilgamexIt may be lazer cut to reduce performance, like all your 680 GTX compute dreams.


    My dreams live on.. With my GTX580 ;) 
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    tipoo , April 21, 2012 3:13 AM
    The current Tegra 3 has an 8 "core" (if people insist on calling them that) GPU, 24 is a massive step up. They would need enough memory bandwidth to feed it though, the current one is already starved on that single channel controller. But assuming they get memory bandwidth to match core speed, 8 to 24 on an improved architecture would put it well past even the A5X graphics.
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    tipoo , April 21, 2012 3:16 AM
    I'd love to see Tomshardware at least try to compare the performance of chips like these to x86, I know its hard given different operating systems but there must be at least some ways to do it. 1.8GHz quad sounds impressive but the IPC is no doubt lower, I want to know how much lower than say a single core desktop Atom at the same speed.
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    dragonsqrrl , April 21, 2012 4:08 AM
    tipooThe current Tegra 3 has an 8 "core" (if people insist on calling them that) GPU, 24 is a massive step up.

    The GPU in Tegra 3 has 12 SIMDs, Tegra 2 had 8.
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    dragonsqrrl , April 21, 2012 4:20 AM
    tipooI'd love to see Tomshardware at least try to compare the performance of chips like these to x86, I know its hard given different operating systems but there must be at least some ways to do it. 1.8GHz quad sounds impressive but the IPC is no doubt lower, I want to know how much lower than say a single core desktop Atom at the same speed.

    We should get a better idea of how the Cortex A9 performs in comparison to Atom once the first Medfield based phone launches. Further down the road, Windows 8 should give us an opportunity to do more direct comparisons between ARM and Intel mobile SOC performance.
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    zanny , April 21, 2012 5:21 AM
    tipooI'd love to see Tomshardware at least try to compare the performance of chips like these to x86, I know its hard given different operating systems but there must be at least some ways to do it. 1.8GHz quad sounds impressive but the IPC is no doubt lower, I want to know how much lower than say a single core desktop Atom at the same speed.


    It is actually painfully easy to do it. GCC works on ARM, so you can cross compile anything open source that doesn't depend on OS or Instruction Set quirks of x86 and benchmark thusly. Problem is none of the benchmark tools are open source to do that with.
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    saturnus , April 21, 2012 6:01 AM
    Quad core ARM Cortex A15? A15? Are you sure about that?
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    olaf , April 21, 2012 7:31 AM
    I wish they'd make better batterys and stop with these insane powerhog of a chips..... I still can't get more the 12 of use out of my phone if I actualy use it and not just keep it in my pocket with data turned off....
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    aznshinobi , April 21, 2012 7:45 AM
    Seriously wish AMD would enter the ring. Really would be interested in their offerings. Always loved supporting the underdog. Plus Llano showed they had some spark still left in them!
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    vision33r , April 21, 2012 5:43 PM
    You people think this is like designing for a desktop PC, nobody has thought about power efficiency.

    Device OEMs do not want a powerful SOC if it drains power too quickly. That's why the Tegra 3 really runs on a single core until it needs the other 4.
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    vilenjan , April 21, 2012 7:04 PM
    If the new gpu is indeed based on Kepler, and we assume that the 8 core version in the initial terga 3 is based on fermi, than it will not be anywhere near 3 times as powerful, maybe a 30-40% boost. Why? Because the GTX 580 has around 500 cores (fermi), while the GTX 680 has around 1500 cores (kepler).

    24/3=8 Sure Kepler is a little better core for core than fermi, but thats about it. It will be more power efficient though, which is good.
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    threehosts , April 22, 2012 2:06 PM
    frozonicsystem on ship??

    No, it's "Save our Soles".
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