The Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC (System on a chip) is going to make some serious waves in 2011. It’s in everything from the Motorola Atrix, to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, to Asus’ Eee Pad, to the Samsung Galaxy S II.

It’s packing some significnt performance enhancements, and is currently one of the fastest contenders on the block. While initial benchmarks do show that the iPad is featuring some competitive hardware, it’s looking like in the not too distant future, that we will be experiencing quad core mobile processing, in the form of the Nvidia Tegra 3, aka Kal-El.

We first heard about the quad core Tegra 3 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona , over a six weeks ago. We were told it will begin shipping in early Q3, and we have received semi-reliable reports that Motorola is likely to be the first to bring a tablet packing Nvidia’s latest wares to market.

We know a few things for sure:

  • The Nvidia Tegra 3 is real based on the leak roadmap that’s been floating around
  • We know that is quad core
  • We know it will be made available to OEM’s and ODM’s as early as late Q3 2011
  • It represents a significant performance increase over Tegra 2

While Motorola hasn’t spoken much about its strategy going forward, we can safely say that they aren’t resting on their laurels, and are likely in the process of designing their latest iteration of the Motorola Xoom. After all, they wouldn’t want to risk cannibalizing existing sales of the Xoom. According to the information we have dug up, it’s likely that Motorola is making plans to bring to market a new tablet sometime around September 2011.

Oh mobile technology, won’t you ever take a break and just relax?

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
  • NVIDIA stated at MWC that Tegra 3 was already sampling with OEM’s and tablets with Tegra 3 would hit the market in August. Combine that with the rumor of the “nexus tablet” and the latest Motorola Xoom rumors about decreasing production and this makes a lot of sense.

    I would expect Motorola to treat tablets just like they do phones–fast iteration rates and constantly having a device that is on the high end of the specs while having another that is more affordable.

  • Sander

    Darcy, SoC is system on a chip.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Hi Sander,

      Thanks, fixed. Too many late nights.

  • I do not think quad core is coming this year, they may launch a preview version but they will not start selling it.

  • But

    I’m gonna have it

  • Glad to see updates comming through but very VERY disopointed in Motorola.

    • Darcy Alexander

      Why are you so disappointed with Motorola? The Xoom still holds its own, and was the first Android tablet to market with Android 3.0 Honeycomb? Is it the lack of updates? Or what?

  • Given the absolutely disgusting way Motorola is handling the current Xoom’s support and updates outside of the US (, it stands to reason that the Xoom 2 will most likely become Motorola’s quickest failure.

    The sad thing is that the hardware of the current Xoom is a thing of beauty! The battery life is simply extraordinary, and the build quality some of the best I have ever seen in a mobile device.

    The simple fact is that Motorola don’t care about their customers! They don’t care about supporting their existing devices, only spewing out new ones as fast as they physically can.
    HTC are quite similar in the latter regard, in that they spew out more phone models per year than any other two manufacturers combined.


    Innovation should start with support! To produce a product and see it through; not shove something on the market, sell as many as you think you can and move on to something else.

    I can say this much with certainty: anyone with any experience of Motorola’s recent Android products (particularly the Xoom) with any common sense wouldn’t touch the Xoom 2 will a million mile pole. I for one won’t go near the thing, instead waiting for offerings of similar hardware, but with superior customer and product support.

  • Gary Cristofoli

    I’m holding onto my money until ANYONE makes a Honeycomb tablet that I can read outside in sunlight!

  • Shankar Gear

    It’s OFFICIAL :
    TEGRA 3 (Kal -El) ( Released on Nov 9 – 11)
    Processor: quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore, up to 1.4 GHz single-core mode and 1.3 GHz multi-core mode
    12-Core Nvidia GPU with support for 3D stereo
    Ultra low power GPU mode
    40 nm process by TSMC
    Video output up to 2560×1600
    NEON vector instruction set
    1080p MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 40Mbps High-Profile, VC1-AP and DivX 5/6 video decode
    The Kal-El chip (CPU and GPU) is to be about 5 times faster than Tegra 2