At the GPU Technology Conference today in San Jose, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang two new versions of its Tegra mobile GPU and claimed that the fifth-generation of the chip would effectively break Moore’s Law.
On stage Mr. Huang said that the next refresh of Tegra, codenamed Logan, will be released in late 2013. Logan will incorporate a Kepler based GPU, and support CUDA as well as OpenGL 4.3. Parker, the fifth-generation of Tegra, will incorporate a Maxwell GPU and a 64-bit Denver CPU.
“In five years time, we’ll increase Tegra by 100 times,” Mr. Huang said. “Moore’s Law would have suggested an eightfold increase.”
As NVIDIA just announced Tegra 4 early in January, and is yet to release the Tegra-powered Project Shield, it’s curious as to why the company is pushing refreshes and updates to the platform so soon after the announcement. Aside from the Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface, NVIDIA hasn’t been able to push its chips into the tablet sector. Perhaps the aggressive timing on this announcement will change that.