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Nvidia Reports Best Year Ever, Shipping Tegra 4 in July

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Devices sporting the new Tegra 4 SoC won't appear on the market until August or September.

During a conference call after its financial results report for annual and fourth quarter fiscal 2013, Nvidia said that revenue shipments of the Tegra 4 "Wayne" SoC will start in July. Because of this, the first commercial devices to utilize the new chip won't be seen on the market until sometime between August and September.

"We ship Tegra 4 starting in Q2 [of fiscal 2014]. We are ramping production now and we will have full production release. […] [The second quarter] is when we ship to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device. […] Although it is in the latter part of Q2, it is going to be in Q2," said company CEO Jen-Hsun Huan.

The July date is based on Nvidia's second fiscal quarter which spans from May to July. As stated, Nvidia's own Project Shield handheld Android gaming console will be the first out the door to feature the new SoC, and may be accompanied by tablets offered by Asus and HP. Toshiba is also reportedly signed on to use the Tegra 4 chip whereas Acer is currently undecided.

Nvidia's new SoC features four ARM-15 general purpose cores and a second-generation "battery saver" core for low power during standard use. Also packed into the 28-nm chip are 72 custom GeForce stream processors and Prism 2 display technology to reduce backlight power. There's also an optional chipset that enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support.

"This Variable SMP architecture invented by Nvidia, enables four performance cores to be used for max burst, when needed, with each core independently and automatically enabled and disabled based on workload," the company said. "The single battery-saver core handles low-power tasks like active standby, music, and video playback, and is fully transparent to the OS and applications."

On Wednesday Nvidia said its full-year revenue increased 7.1-percent to a record $4.28 billion USD, up from $4 billion USD. Its quarterly revenue decreased 8.1-percent sequentially to $1.11 billion, but the revenue year on year revenue was up 16.1-percent. The company also repurchased $100.0 million of stock and paid a dividend of $0.075 per share, equivalent to $46.9 million, during the fiscal fourth quarter.

"This year we did the best work in our company's history," Jen-Hsun Huang said. "We achieved record revenues, margins and cash, despite significant market headwinds. We grew our GPU and Tegra Processor businesses. We are sampling production silicon of the Tegra 4 platform which includes our 4G LTE modem. And we created new pillars for long term growth with Project Shield and Nvidia Grid -- first-of-their-kind devices that will extend our leadership in visual computing into mobile and the cloud."

Project Shield will serve as both a Tegra 4-powered handheld Android gaming console, and a receiver for local cloud-based PC gaming. To stream games directly from a PC to the gadget, customers will need at least one Kepler-based GeForce GTX 650 (Desktop) or GTX 660M (Notebook) GPU, an Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4 GB of RAM, Windows 7 and the GeForce Experience app. A dual-band Wireless-N router is also suggested.

Nvidia said that during the fourth quarter it continued to drive the streaming of gaming from the cloud by signing deals with six middleware providers that will supply Grid gaming technology to service operators worldwide. The company also launched the Tesla K20 family of GPU accelerators, making the technology behind the world's fastest supercomputer, Titan, available to all.

 

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    icemunk , February 14, 2013 4:48 PM
    Hopefully the Nvidia Shield will support PC streaming from AMD videocards
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    esrever , February 14, 2013 4:56 PM
    icemunkHopefully the Nvidia Shield will support PC streaming from AMD videocards

    ya right...
    They won't even be supporting Fermi let alone AMD.
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    darkchazz , February 14, 2013 5:00 PM
    You can keep your tegra shite. I'm not falling for your marketing again.
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    de5_Roy , February 14, 2013 5:21 PM
    so nvidia made money last year and they're gearing up for a new soc release. that's so totally unlike the other company that didn't make money...much...
    anywho, i'm more interested to know how much their pc gpu business made, especially kepler.
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    joytech22 , February 14, 2013 5:39 PM
    darkchazzYou can keep your tegra shite. I'm not falling for your marketing again.


    Nothing wrong with Tegra, when it was released it was one of the best things available.
    As time goes on it's grown old, but an admirably performing high end product.

    Nexus 7 still works like a boss.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2013 5:40 PM
    Sucks that their 700 series cards are delayed until Fall. Was looking forward to a shiny new 780.
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    Cazalan , February 14, 2013 5:47 PM
    It's a bold and potentially very expensive move to get into consumer hardware manufacture.

    I think Shield will Flop but they should learn a lot and be ready for Shield 2.
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    Memnarchon , February 14, 2013 5:57 PM
    soldier2013Sucks that their 700 series cards are delayed until Fall. Was looking forward to a shiny new 780.

    As it seems 780 will be a GK114 an upgrade from 680 :(  and not a real upgrade from Titan. The real upgrade to Titan will come from GTX880 which will be a GM100 with 3k+ cores. Source: TPU.
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    jdwii , February 14, 2013 5:59 PM
    Anyone who thinks this is because of their discrete GPU market needs to get a life. This is purely Cell phone/tablet success.

    Project Shield should be cool if you have a beast desktop and want to game on a laptop somewhere else. But as for phones this is going to be as rare as physx in games.
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    gdfrisco , February 14, 2013 6:07 PM
    Not falling for nvidia hype ($$$$)never again either, I had an asus transformer tf101(tegra 2), what a great hardware device with the slowest SoC I've seen, then I was involved in the tf201 prime scam(preorder fiasco)then I bought a tf700t(slow piece of crap), tegra 3 SoC running at 1.6Ghz(3rd generation tegra 3) was too underpowered to push pixels at 1900x1200 resolution smoothly, traded it for a transformer tf300t(tegra 3 at 1280x800 ) again it was painfully slow until I put a custom rom(Blue V3.0) OC'd to 1.6Ghz and now it runs pretty good, not great. Was going to get a Nexus 10, decided instead to get a $97 device called minix Neo X5 with great reviews over the web, (dual core rk3066 1.6Ghz, 1 Gig RAM,etc)basically a google tv with full android capabilities and now I use my tf300t to control my Geo X5 which outputs android jelly bean 4.1(at 1080p) to my gorgeous LG LED 55" TV. My advise to people, there is no need to slash those hard earned bick bucks on expensive tablets, get a tablet as google nexus 7, which currently represents the best bang for the buck($199), my 2 cents prediction: the chinese SoC manufacturers as Allwinner ,rockchip and amlogic, will eventually dominate the android market(price/performance).
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    Wisecracker , February 14, 2013 7:36 PM

    How much did that $250 million from Intel factor into that *Best Year Ever* ??


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    Soda-88 , February 14, 2013 7:45 PM
    I'm sure this has nothing to do with the speculation that they were selling would-be 660's under 680 moniker judging by dye size and computation power. Right? :ange: 
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    redeemer , February 14, 2013 7:58 PM
    Qualcomm>Tegra
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    danwat1234 , February 14, 2013 8:14 PM
    I wonder what kind of fancy instrument clusters cars can have with Tegra 4.
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    JackNaylorPE , February 14, 2013 8:25 PM

    Quote:
    anywho, i'm more interested to know how much their pc gpu business made, especially kepler.


    You can get a good idea of where they sit in the market compared to the competition here:

    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/

    Scroll down to the 2nd grouping entitled DX11 cards if ya interested in "recent history".....

    Here's the top 20 cards hitting Steam servers as of the end of January

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    ATI Radeon HD 5770
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    ATI Radeon HD 6870
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
    ATI Radeon HD 6850
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
    ATI Radeon HD 6950
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 430
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
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    m32 , February 14, 2013 8:31 PM
    Nvidia isn't going to make that much this year. Book it! Late start with the (overrated) Teg4 and an 'gaming device' that really isn't that powerful when talking about games. Maybe if they came out first with the next gen ARM processors, but they uk'ed up by letting Qualcomm go first.
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    the great randini , February 14, 2013 8:37 PM
    NOW, this is very good. This will push amd to get the 8000's out before the fourth quarter. I love to try guessing this kind of stuff. My guess, September.
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    the great randini , February 14, 2013 8:44 PM
    I guess that is the fourth quarter...dam
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    SneakySnake , February 14, 2013 9:29 PM
    icemunkHopefully the Nvidia Shield will support PC streaming from AMD videocards


    The streaming only works in your house (PC and Shield have to be on same network). So you'd have to be wanting to game, but also not wanting to game at your PC, and play the same game on a little 5" screen.

    Personally the only time I can ever see myself wanting that would be when I'm in bed or something. When I'm not laying in my bed and on the verge of sleep I cannot think of a single reason why I wouldn't go over to my computer and experience a better visual, audio, and controls experience.
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    alextheblue , February 15, 2013 2:31 AM
    SneakySnakeThe streaming only works in your house (PC and Shield have to be on same network). So you'd have to be wanting to game, but also not wanting to game at your PC, and play the same game on a little 5" screen.Personally the only time I can ever see myself wanting that would be when I'm in bed or something. When I'm not laying in my bed and on the verge of sleep I cannot think of a single reason why I wouldn't go over to my computer and experience a better visual, audio, and controls experience.
    My thoughts exactly. This doesn't replace gaming at your PC, nor does it really supplement it well. It also doesn't compete with actual cloud-based systems. I'm really not terrible sure what the point of this is. On top of that, it is proprietary. You have to use their mobile system and certain models of their graphics cards. This reduces their potential userbase even further.
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