Mar 19 AT 1:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

NVIDIA reveals Tegra 5, Tegra 6 at GTC 2013


Today at GTC 2013, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed the latest Tegra roadmap and provided a preview of where their mobile chip is headed. Project Logan (Tegra 5) will introduce NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU architecture with CUDA cores, and Project Parker (Tegra 6) will include NVIDIA’s custom Denver CPU core, their next generation Maxwell GPU, and feature FinFET process technology.

We have yet to see Tegra 4 appear in devices, but NVIDIA expects products like Shield to start shipping in Q2. Jen-Hsun said that samples of Logan would be available by the end of the year, and we should see it enter production in early 2014. We captured the entire announcement on video, so look for a clip later today when the conference internet decides to start working.


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  • ranwanimator

    What are their intentions for that kind of horsepower? I have a feeling things are going to plateau like PCs, if they haven’t already, in terms of what the average user needs to get their job done.

    Sure gamers will love it and we the enthusiasts will eat it up, but does the average consumer care that their phone can calculate 4 teraflops of data per second?

    • Grahaman27

      well there is still a ways to go before that happens, PCs are still way more powerful.

      consumers wont care that it can calculate 4 teraflippers… but a they will like that they can play awesome games and apps and even maybe power a full fledged computer.

    • Paul

      Their phone or tablet may not use the pure full raw speed of the processor or gpu but I imagine a near future where PC’s/Laptops maybe even tablets are replaces by phones. The Atrix was ahead of its time, the Padfone is a step in the right direction. In order for a Phone or Tablet to replace my laptop and/or desktop PC, it has to be able to do everything it can do, and to do that, it’ll require more horsepower. We’re getting there though, one chip at a time.

    • domi1k

      Because it’s not the pc that halted graphix increase in games but the consoles!
      We – the pc gamer – are getting the ports of those games.
      They demand more cpu but less gpu power.

    • R7ex

      I want the full Windows OS on my superphone. Processor power will never be enough!

  • Ardrid

    Tegra 6 (Parker) is going to be extremely interesting because it’ll mark NVIDIA’s first foray into CPUs. I suspect Denver to be a custom ARM based design but they’ve been extremely quiet on that front. Shame we’re gonna have to wait a few years before we see all of this at work in a phone/tablet.

  • alexanderharri3

    While roadmaps are nice, we’re still awaiting Tegra 4 devices (let alone the weaker Tegra 4i devices) – too early to think about consumer level products with either of these.

    • Chin-Khai Tang

      Exactly. Enough with the presentation already. Show us the phones equipped with Tegra 4.

  • Dirge

    I’m very interested in Logan. Will it be like their GTX 600 series, but scaled down? Or will they really be able to push out that much power in such an enclosed space?

  • Sith-Republican & white

    Lol, nvidia…..their roadmaps are always way off….where the feck is Tegra 4???

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Tegra 4 is coming in Q2. It was pushed back so NVIDIA could put more resources on Tegra 4i with their integrated i500 LTE modem (which is now coming sooner than expected).

  • renyo

    I am more concerned about battery life… Battery tech has not been keeping up with the leaps and bounds of processor tech and with every new phone shaving off millimeters, will they hit a wall where gaming on super powerful processors would drain the battery in just 30 mins?

  • Nathan D.

    This sound super awesome, and Tegra 4 isn’t even out.

  • Mike Leahy

    Having not investigated the road map besides taking a quick glance at the photos above I find it interesting for Logan the possibility of _OpenGL 4.3_ support in a mobile form factor and not just OpenGL ES 3.0 as this is a game changer. This opens up a wealth of graphics possibilities including geometry shaders which didn’t even make OpenGL ES 3.0 and will be very much compatible between desktop and mobile counterparts, so cross-platform efforts can be tuned nicely between desktop / mobile (T5). Of note OpenGL ES 3.0 is similar to OpenGL 3.3 without geometry shaders. The CUDA cores definitely mean that OpenCL will find a rise in mobile by 2014. Regarding the power… Software always finds a way to use faster hardware. Sure games, but what about Google Glass. While I haven’t had a chance to check out the development process / APIs I imagine a lot of computation offloading occurs w/ the paired device, so all sorts of AR / real time tracking / video analysis aspects can be offloaded to the device.

  • Pravas

    Wow..Great news lets see what the new Technology brings.

  • donger

    Wow, so quick.

  • inviolable

    For some reason, I picture Nvidia’s PowerPoint designer living in a dark, damp room in the back of the top floor, chained to his desk, always at the ready.

  • TheTruthSquad

    I started working with computers in 1960. When we upgraded from a 4k to a 12 k computer, we couldn’t imagine what we were going to with all that memory. Every time a new mainframe was announced, same thing, we will never have a use for all of that power. Whenever a new CPU is available, you get more code that requires more memory and a faster processor. Whatever you give a programmer, he will find a way to make it obsolete in a few months.

    • francis short jr

      Might get to 14 nm maybe 5 then what..quantum or graphite?