During yesterday's earning call, NVIDIA revealed that revenue shipments of the Tegra 4 SoC will start in July. Codenamed "Wayne", the Tegra 4 features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores, a second-generation low-power core, 72 NVIDIA GeForce cores that promise six times higher graphics performance than Tegra 3, and 4G LTE via the NVIDIA Icera i500 processor.
“We ship Tegra 4 starting in Q2 [of fiscal 2014]. We are ramping production now and we will have full production release. […] [The second quarter] is when we ship to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device .[…] Although it is in the latter part of Q2, it is going to be in Q2,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, during a conference call with financial analysts.
Nvidia’s second quarter of fiscal year spans from May to July, therefore, the shipments of Nvidia Tegra 4 code-named Wayne SoC and Nvidia Shield gaming device should commence sometime in July. As usually, strategic partners of Nvidia, such as Asustek Computer, will be among the first to release their Tegra 4-based devices already in August or September. Until then, Tegra 3 will be the chip to power premium tablets and smartphones.