Feb 14 AT 11:52 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

NVIDIA responds to diss from Qualcomm, says Tegra 4 on track for late Q2


Last week Qualcomm‘s CMO Anand Chandrasekher came out with some sharp comments for their main rival. “We clean Tegra 4′s clock,” said Chandrasekher. “There’s nothing in Tegra 4 that we looked at that looks interesting. Tegra 4 frankly, looks a lot like what we already have in [Snapdragon] S4 Pro.”

He goes on to say that their current Snapdragon S4 Pro chip is twice as fast as Tegra 3 and their new Snapdragon 600 series will best Tegra 4. Looking to the second half of the year, Chandrasekher says, “We believe our Snapdragon 800 completely outstrips [the competition] and puts a new benchmark in place.”

This week NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang responded to the comments by saying Tegra 4 will offer extraordinary performance. “No one outside the company knows the performance of Tegra 4,” said Huang. “I’m looking forward to the reviewers, which ultimately the reviewers will tell us how their processor compares to ours.”

Some people say that specs are dead, but we can’t wait to see how these two upcoming platforms stack up against each other. We shouldn’t have to wait much longer, because both companies expect their new chips to be available in Q2.

Qualcomm already announced their Snapdragon 600 series would be available in commercial devices by Q2, and NVIDIA echoed that timeline. Huang said, “Q2 is when we ship [Tegra 4] to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device.”

Several sites had speculated that Huang was talking about fiscal 2013 and that Project Shield might slip to September, but we confirmed with NVIDIA that Project Shield is still scheduled to ship by late calendar Q2 2013. Based on this information we anticipate that Project Shield will be available for purchase in June and additional Tegra 4 devices (like HP’s new tablet) will ship after that.

Both NVIDIA and Qualcomm have press events scheduled for this month’s Mobile World Congress show, so be on the lookout for more announcements.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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    • Dr.Carpy

      @Rex: Not to be mean or insulting, but who cares? That has nothing to do with The question posed.

      Anyways, I’ve always been skeptical of benchmarks. Depending on who’s doing the testing and their biases, you get a jaundiced result. I truly believe the best policy is to buy what you like, because being a slave to specs would require a weekly upgrade in products. Also where the comparison between the S4 and the Exynos? Why no bold call of that processor?

      • Paul

        I agree. Exynos is a great processor. I have the Note II w/ Quad Core Exynos w/ LTE support. It’s got great performance, good graphics and good battery life. I do think the Quad Core S4 may beat it, but Samsung isn’t giving up and already has new Exnos procesors on the pipeline, including an 8 core one. Remember, healthy competition means we win.

  • alexanderharri3

    Regardless of the specifics of who tops who, the fight is resulting in amazing progress in the mobile processor/gpu space.

    • Joel

      +100. couldnt agree more alex, this is one of few rivalries that doesnt hurt the customer lol.

    • clocinnorcal

      Well said! We as consumers are reaping the benefits!

  • www.phonewbie.com

    The fact is that there are many more phones using the S Pro than any Tegra chip. The Tegra chip also was embarrassed by Apple in one of their events when they said their chip quadrupled Tegra’s performance (some tests concluded that they only doubled Tegra in some areas, and overall they outperformed them, which is still bad)

    As a former G2X owner I know the power of Tegra and in my opinion, they need to step their game up. They truly excel in GPU performance but that’s about it.

  • Jay Dee

    I’m favoring the Snapdragon 800 more because it’ll be the first mobile chipset that will support 802.11ac.

  • Raptor

    NVIDIA started very well with Tegra2 but completely lost to Snapdragon, Samsung and Apple in performance wars. I do not know what it’s doing, decently, it lost almost all design wins of last year. Huang should stop hugging and talking to every telegraph pole and start to deliver because he CAN.

  • masterpfa

    All I see is a Win Win for the consumer.
    Commence the battles

  • jamal adam

    Competition is always good for both consumers and the respective companies because it progresses innovation and we consumers get to use the latest and greatest processor technology. I feel like the snapdragon processors assets always more balanced and provide better battery life and cpu power compared to the Tega processors. However, we’ll have to wait and see how these new bests compare to one another in real world use because for all that is said about this and that, at the end of the day the real world experience is what’s most important.

  • VS

    T4 for Tablets (game graphics).
    Snapdragon for smartphones (unless you’re rocking a phablet…then it’s a toss up).

    Just my personal preference seeing the T3 with optimized games for the N7 (gorgeous stuff). But, I echo the sentiments of the others, competition drives innovation and that is always a win for the consumer. I for one welcome our new chip overlords…

  • thel0nerang3r

    Raw performance is not everything. Software optimizations can make a big difference. Depending on what you want to do with you device, that may make a big difference. If you look at Tegra optimized games, they look better, even though Tegra3 is not as powerful as other SOC.

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait to see the two come together, I’m all about the specs because software can always be fix or replaced.

  • donger

    We need benchmarks and everyday usage.