A Chinese website managed to get hold of Nvidia’s leaked roadmap yesterday, with the document showing that the chipmaker could bring faster Tegra 4 tablet chips to market as early as next January.
VR-Zone’s Chinese-language website says that the next chip design will be known as the Cortex A15, will be made by ARM, and will run on both smartphones and tablets. Sources add that the quad-core design will be labelled Tegra ‘4-Plus-1’ because it will have a fifth core for less-demanding tasks.
VR-Zone says that a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 quad-core chipset could turn up in a “10-inch device” (ie tablet) in the first quarter of next year, with other models coming to market in Q3. Three of these chips will sport the A15 design and promise clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz, while the fourth model will bear an A9 design with LTE connectivity. This model will come in the form of a 7-inch device from Q3 of next year, according to the Chinese source.
Nvidia officially launched the quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El) chip design in November of last year, with these chips currently in an array of Android Honeycomb (Android 3.0) tablets.