News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday February 19, 2013.
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The NVIDIA Tegra 4 was unveiled at CES last month, and the chipset maker today officially announced the Tegra 4i, which has an included LTE modem. While the Tegra 4 first announced at CES has four Cortex-A15 processors and an optional modem, the quad-core processor Tegra 4i groups four ARM Cortex-A9 CPU's with a fifth "battery saver" core that works at a lower intensity and conserves power. It also has an integrated modem, 60 custom NVIDIA GPU cores, and the Chimera photography feature that enables enhanced HDR photo taking.
After acquiring Icera in 2011, NVIDIA has worked to improve its position as a chipset manufacturer, so today's announcement has been expected since the Tegra 4 was first introduced. The Tegra 4i includes an i500 LTE modem that can merge 4G LTE with NVIDIA's Tegra 2.3 GHz processor and deliver a one-stop solution. NVIDIA's previous chips were hampered by the lack of a modem that caused the company to seek help from outside vendors. The Tegra4i integrates the company's modem and processor together into one solution, allowing for faster updates to and more efficient cellular connections.
NVIDIA has yet to announce any devices that will feature the Tegra 4i
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