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Qualcomm Bashes Nvidia Tegra Processors

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Tegra 4 adopted by only one firm so far.

Qualcomm Chief Marketing Officer Anand Chandrasekher has heavily criticized Nvidia's Tegra processors.

The latter's quad-core Tegra 3 processor is utilized by the majority of Android-powered tablets launched last year. But Qualcomm's CMO believes that the Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors' introduction will dominate the market this year.

The Snapdragon S4 processor, meanwhile, is powering a considerable proportion of high profile smartphones, while Toshiba is the only firm said to be adopting Nvidia's Tegra 4.

"Snapdragon S4 Pro is better, faster than the commercially shipping Tegra 3… On benchmarks published by Anantech, S4 Pro is twice as fast as the fastest Tegra processor commercially available,” the executive said. "Nvidia just launched their Tegra 4 – not sure when those will be in the market on a commercial basis, but we believe our Snapdragon 600 outperforms Nvidia’s Tegra 4. And we believe our Snapdragon 800 completely outstrips it and puts a new benchmark in place."

"So, we clean Tegra 4′s clock. There’s nothing in Tegra 4 that we looked at and that looks interesting. Tegra 4, frankly, looks a lot like what we already have in S4 Pro... Yes, they [Nvidia] had the perception [of superior graphics] help[ing] them for some time, and that helped them for some tablet wins. I think that would change.

"The world is increasingly becoming aware that what we have in CPUs and graphics is beyond what anybody has," he added. "So usually, that technical awareness happens at the OEMs, and that takes a while for products to emerge… Empirically, we completely beat them on graphics performance!"

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    vaughn2k , February 6, 2013 10:40 PM
    If Adreno was not sold by ATI/AMD to Qualcomm (Imageon- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imageon ), Green team vs Red team would continue in the mobile space...
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    darkavenger123 , February 6, 2013 11:16 PM
    All these talking out of thin air...show some benchmark to backup your claims if you're so confident.
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  • 15 Hide
    vaughn2k , February 6, 2013 10:40 PM
    If Adreno was not sold by ATI/AMD to Qualcomm (Imageon- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imageon ), Green team vs Red team would continue in the mobile space...
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    plznote , February 6, 2013 11:15 PM
    For a second I though Anand from Anandtech.com was the CMO. I was pretty astonished.
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    darkavenger123 , February 6, 2013 11:16 PM
    All these talking out of thin air...show some benchmark to backup your claims if you're so confident.
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    bebangs , February 6, 2013 11:27 PM
    but there's no tegra games in qualcom... beat that?
  • 4 Hide
    redeemer , February 6, 2013 11:33 PM
    the truth hurts?
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    esrever , February 6, 2013 11:59 PM
    Somebody has to tell it like it is to nvidia one of these days.
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    thepowerofdonuts , February 7, 2013 12:39 AM
    Qualcomm has a Snapdragon games store. Tegra games means nothing. They're playable on any phon
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    m32 , February 7, 2013 12:53 AM
    Qualcomm talking alot of ****. I can't wait for benchmarks for the Teg4 against Qualcomm's top end ARM chips. It doesn't really matter to me, but they [Qualcomm] got me interested.
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    Gundam288 , February 7, 2013 1:15 AM
    vaughn2kIf Adreno was not sold by ATI/AMD to Qualcomm (Imageon- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imageon ), Green team vs Red team would continue in the mobile space...

    Maybe sometime down the line AMD's APU's will overtake Tegra given that they only get smaller and smaller and that X86 is starting to enter the phone/tablet market. =3
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    knowom , February 7, 2013 2:01 AM
    Main competitor bashes main rival, but provides no benchmarks to go along with it just words go figure. Could care less honestly one way or another, but Nvidia does have something important going for it a history of strong developer support no matter how good your product is on paper if you can't utilize it fully no one is going to care.
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    ikyung , February 7, 2013 2:03 AM
    Very exciting.
    Snapdragon 800 using quad core Krait and Adreno 330
    Tegra 4 quad core using GeForce graphics
    Exynos 5 using A15 quad core and PowerVR 544.

    COME AT ME 2013 smartphones!
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    darkchazz , February 7, 2013 2:40 AM
    I'm most interested in graphics performance, and nvidia tegra has always been the weakest in that regard...
    even tegra optimized games run better on other SoCs.
    Guess I'll have to wait and see T3 benches
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    darkchazz , February 7, 2013 2:40 AM
    T4 sorry
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    Pinhedd , February 7, 2013 3:39 AM
    iKyunGVery exciting.Snapdragon 800 using quad core Krait and Adreno 330Tegra 4 quad core using GeForce graphicsExynos 5 using A15 quad core and PowerVR 544.COME AT ME 2013 smartphones!


    Heh, and people say that there's no competition anymore
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 7, 2013 5:09 AM
    Different processors can be better for different applications. So are their processors going to be better for the type of applications we like.

    In the case of GPUs, I suppose it's possible that some GPUs could be superior for general computing whereas other GPUs could be superior for graphics only.
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    martel80 , February 7, 2013 5:25 AM
    I need my phone to last at least a week on a single charge. I don't need to play Crysis on it. :) 
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    renz496 , February 7, 2013 10:12 AM
    lol to me it seems that qualcomm doesn't like the attention that nvidia having with their tegra. sure T3 was slow but even so the chip able to land itself in well known product to the public such as google nexus 7 and microsoft own surface. and i think what qualcomm might not like the most is microsoft decision to use T3 in their Surface RT. :p 
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    ojas , February 7, 2013 11:19 AM
    Qualcomm's suddenly sounding like ARM criticizing Intel. I wonder if they're threatened too, like ARM clearly is...
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    teh_chem , February 7, 2013 11:48 AM
    Tegra has always been an overhyped platform, and in fairness, the quad-core Snapdragon's are significantly faster (mostly in benchmarks) than tegra3. I have a S4-based phone, and it feels snappier than my tegra-based tablet, but for the time-being, I think any performance-related feelings that most general users pick up on are almost entirely related to the OS rather than the performance characteristics of the CPU (for comparable CPU's, that is).
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    Wisecracker , February 7, 2013 12:04 PM

    "We clean Tegra 4′s clock" - Anand Chandrasekher

    "Will you clean our bathrooms, too?" - Jen-Hsun Huang

    (I like tech CEO hissy fits and slap fights)

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