NVIDIA has announced the world's first quad-core mobile processor designed to bring PC-class performance to mobiles devices such as phones and tablets. Formerly known by the code name 'Kal-El', the Tegra 3 processor provides up to three times the graphics performance of the predecessor Tegra 2 processor while also offering up to 61 percent lower power consumption.
Based on the ARM Cortex A9 CPU, the Tegra 3 implements Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing technology with four main cores designed for high-performance, 'heavy-lifting' tasks, with a fifth companion CPU core for the easy tasks which require little power. The four main cores also generally consume less power than dual-core processors. Uses where the companion core comes into play include listening to music and video playback. During these tasks, the Tegra 3 completely shuts down the four main cores.
All of this processing power is accompanied by a 12-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU that delivers more realism with dynamic lighting and high-resolution environment so the gaming experience on mobile device can be comparable to playing on a console. Tegra 3 also supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology so you can experience 3D when connected to a big screen TV via HDMI 1.4. Over 40 games are expected to become available by the end of 2011, with 15 Tegra 3 games now under development for Tegra Zone, the free Android Market with games optimized for the Tegra processor.
NVIDIA says the Tegra 3 is currently in production and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to be developed using the Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
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