updated 10:45 pm EDT, Thu April 19, 2012
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Plus and 4G variant
NVIDIA helped validate some leaks regarding its future Tegra roadmap in a presentation at HTC's Freqs event in Seattle on Thursday. Along with the known Wayne, its codename for Tegra 4, it also mentioned a Tegra 3+. What it would entail wasn't mentioned, but the name implied a clock speed boost or other minor updates that wouldn't fundamentally rework the quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip.
More directly identifiable was a chip that would launch side-by-side with the Tegra 4, Grey. A codename for the SP3X mentioned in the past, it would be the first Tegra with a cellular component built inside and would take advantage of NVIDIA's buyout of Icera to include LTE-based 4G. The earlier details had the SP3X/Grey being a variant on the Tegra 3 running up to 2GHz in speed, but the official roadmap now has it targeted at mid-tier smartphones rather than high-end hardware.
The Tegra 3+ should be in devices before the end of 2012, but neither Wayne nor Grey is expected until 2013. Both Android and Windows 8 devices are likely to use at least the Tegra 4, although Grey is more likely to be limited to Android. NVIDIA unusually singled out Windows Phone, which it hasn't had a presence in so far and may change with at least one of the new parts. The tip may have effectively confirmed support in Windows Phone 8 or one of its updates. [via SlashGear, image via Vincent Nguyen]