The new Nvidia Tegra processor will feature 8 CPU cores and 512 GPU CUDA cores that will be based on the Nvidia Volta next-generation architecture. The next generation chip will be able to support 8K HDR video. It was previously reported that sampling will start at the end of 2017 but now CEO of Nvidia has confirmed that selected partners will get the chips in Q1 2018.
The second wave of Nvidia Tegra chips will be coming out in the second half of 2018 and mass production of the chip will start in 2019. The chip will be built using the TSMC 16nm FinFET + manufacturing process. Keeping in mind TSMC is now working on the 10nm node the 16nm process seems to be outdated.
If you think about the chips coming out in 2019 then 16nm + will surely be pretty old by then. These chips will not be exclusive to cars but will also be ready for artificial intelligence and industrial robots.
I need not remind you that the Nvidia Tegra processor also powers the Nintendo Switch and keeping in mind that mass production of the chips will start in 2019, that is also a great time for Nintendo to introduce the Nintendo Switch refresh or the second generation of the Switch. Either way, the improved processor could allow the handheld to run games at higher FPS or higher resolutions.
The TDP of the chip is just 20W so the chip will be pretty energy efficient. Keep in mind that there has been no indication of a Nintendo Switch refresh and this is just something that I am hoping for keeping in mind the new hardware that is coming out in the upcoming years.
Let us know what you think about the new Nvidia Tegra processor that will be coming out in 2019 and will feature graphics cores based on Nvidia Volta.