Nvidia's next-generation Tegra mobile chip is on its way

Nvidia will share details about the "Tegra-next" chip at the Hot Chips show in August

From smartphones to self-driving cars, Nvidia's Tegra chips have been used in a wide variety of devices and products. Now, the next-generation Tegra is just around the corner.

Details about a chip called "Tegra-next" will be shared next month at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. Tegra-next will succeed the Tegra X1 chip, which was announced in early 2015.

An Nvidia spokesman confirmed the talk will be about the next-generation Tegra chip, but didn't share further details. It is likely to be the Tegra chip code-named Parker, which is in the yet-unreleased Nvidia Drive PX2 computer for vehicles.

The Drive PX 2 was introduced at CES in January, and Nvidia said it had a "next-generation Tegra" chip. Extensive details about the chip weren't shared at the time.

Tegra chips have evolved with market needs. They were once hot in smartphones, tablets and portable media players, but lost ground to competition. Nvidia's recent Tegra chips have targeted self-driving cars, with strong graphics capabilities that help recognize objects, signs and signals.

Nvidia's Tegra chips are also being used in Google's Pixel C tablet and Nvidia's Jetson developer boards, Shield tablets and TV set-top boxs.

Meanwhile, some details about Parker are already known, and it appears better-suited for cars as opposed to mobile devices, where battery life is paramount.

Parker will have four ARM-based Cortex-A57 cores and two homegrown Denver2 cores, according to Nvidia. It will integrate a graphics processor based on the Pascal architecture, which is in the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics chips.

The chip also has unified memory so there's faster communications between the CPU and GPU. The Parker chip is likely made using the 16-nanometer FinFET process, in which the transistors are stacked for performance and power benefits.

Usually chip makers talk about performance, benchmarks, internal architecture, interfaces, bus technologies and memory capabilities at Hot Chips. Whether "Tegra-next" and Parker are one and the same will likely become clear at the conference next month.

At the height of the 64-bit mobile chip wars, Nvidia two years ago famously claimed its 64-bit Tegra chip would outperform Apple's A7 chip during a Hot Chips presentation.

Parker was added to Nvidia's restructured roadmap in early 2014. The roadmap was changed to ensure mobile and desktop GPU technologies are released simultaneously, new memory technologies, and the 16-nm manufacturing process.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags nvidia

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?