NVIDIA officially reveals Tegra 3 processor

While it's been known for some time that NVIDIA has been working on a quad-core mobile processor with the code name Kal-El, the company officially announced on Tuesday that the processor will now have the official name of Tegra 3.

This ARM-based chip will have four high performance processor cores plus a fifth low performance core. It will also have a 12-core GPU that will give the Tegra 3 three times the graphics performance of the previous dual-core Tegra 2 chip. Finally, the new chip is supposed to have 61 percent lower power consumption compared to the Tegra 2.

The first product that will have the Tegra 3 chip inside will be Asus' Android-powered Transformer Prime tablet which is due for release in December. The 10.1" device will come in two versions; 32 GB for $499 or 64 GB for $599. Both versions will weight 1.29 pounds, contain 1 GB of RAM, a micro SD card slot, and a micro HDMI port. It will also have a 1.2 megapixel front camera and an eight megapixel rear camera.

An optional $149 dock will allow the tablet to have a notebook-like keyboard. The tablet will run Android 3.2 out of the box but Asus says it can be upgraded to the upcoming Android 4.0 operating system.

While the Transformer Prime will be the first Tegra 3 product, it certainly won't be the last. NVIDIA is clearly hoping that the performance of the processor, which is able to render games with near PC level high-end graphics, will allow it to have an edge over other mobile processor chips.

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TruckWEB said,
Click on the link provided in the article "company officially announced on Tuesday"

5 photos down.... or here is the direct link :
http://media.marketwire.com/at...36_Bladeslinger_Nov2011.jpg

Look at this picture, and then, notice in the top right corner = 11.11 FPS.... Wow...

Nvidia have given demonstration of Tegra while switching between the cores. So that image can be Tegra 3 running on only 1 core.

x-byte said,
Nvidia have given demonstration of Tegra while switching between the cores. So that image can be Tegra 3 running on only 1 core.

The GPU cores are separate from the CPU cores.

Both the first and second generation Tegra chips were never very good. They were just marketing hype. Lets hope they get it right this time.

MrA said,
Both the first and second generation Tegra chips were never very good. They were just marketing hype. Lets hope they get it right this time.

The Tegra 1 was pretty awesome graphically - my Zune HD managed better graphics in-game than my first-gen Windows Phone (Go PGR! ). No one really got it optimised properly for their software though - especially on the Android front. With proper, well implemented hardware acceleration support in Android, you'd find the Tegra 2 outperforming most Snapdragons.

MrA said,
Both the first and second generation Tegra chips were never very good. They were just marketing hype. Lets hope they get it right this time.

I have Tegra 2 on my Atrix and this thing is so damn fast ... I'm pretty satisfied with it.