Mobile device chip maker Nvidia has announced the Tegra 4i – a budget version of its Tegra 4 chipset, which was launched at Las Vegas’s CES and with 72 cores.
The Nvidia Tegra 4i will feature 60 custom GPU (graphics processing unit), along with a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU that is based on efficient ARM’s Cortex-A9 r4 design.
There is also a fifth core that can be used for regular, non-intensive tasks, and it has a built-in Nvidia i500 LTE modem.
The company is calling this its first full-integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, with claims that it is faster and half the size of its nearest competitor.
It offers five times the number of GPUs found in the Tegra 3 setup. This powers devices such as the HTC One X and X+, LG Optimus 4X HD and Microsoft Surface tablet.
Nvidia’s Tegra 4, as a comparison, contains an ARM quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 CPU, plus the extra core.
There are 72 Tegra 4 CPU cores on-board and an optional Nvida i500 4G LTE apparatus – compared to the 4i integrated version.
No devices have been announced to run this lower-end chipset, but Omio expects we will hear about products at MWC next week.