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Nvidia Tegra Stark 100x faster than Tegra 2

by on16 February 2011

Comes in 2014
Nvidia always liked secrecy, but if you want to work in mobile phone industry you have to show your cards years in advance. This is what everyone does, ARM, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm etc.

Nvidia has just showcased its Tegra 3 codenamed Kal-El and claims that this quad core 28nm part is five times faster than Tegra 2 and even slightly faster than a Core 2 Duo. This is what Nvidia claims and it will probably be true in certain tests.

Kal-El is the birth name for Clark Kent, the chap better known as Superman, just in case you didn’t know. In 2012 it plans to launch Wayne, most likely branded as Tegra 4 and this mobile GPU should get 10 times faster than Tegra 2. At some point in 2013 you can expect to see Tegra 5 codenamed Logan which should be roughly 50 times faster than Tegra 2 and finally in 2014 Nvidia plans to launch Stark – Tegra 6, a 100 times faster than the current Tegra 2 core.

We expect most devices based on these parts will ship about a year after the announcemet, eg. Tegra 3 Kal-El might show its face in some devices in Q4 2011 but it realistically starts to ship at earliest in Q1 2012. Wayne Tegra 4 volume ships in 2013, Tegra 5 aka Logan is more of a 2014 and Tegra 6 aka Stark is more of a 2015 product, at least in volume.

The mobile industry has proven to be very slow when it comes to transitions, it takes a company like HTC or Motorola (not allowed to use Nokia as a phone reference anymore ed.) twelve to eighteen months to make a new phone. This is what Nvidia’s latest official roadmap claims, and you can check it below.


Update: Nvidia (Michael Rayfield a general manager of Tegra division) now claims the following "What on earth can be done with nearly 75x improvement in performance over Tegra 2 that Stark will provide in 2014?"

I guess that he should talk to the guys who make this graph as it indicates close to 100 times performance not 75X.

Last modified on 16 February 2011
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