When the Nvidia Tegra 3 platform was first announced, with its four (plus one) Cortex-A9 cores, it was unquestionably, the best SoC on the horizon. Since then, we’ve seen competitors such as Qualcomm pushing the limits of dual-core processors, as seen with benchmark comparisons of Tegra 3 vs Snapdragon S4.
But slowly, the once highly-acclaimed Tegra 3 processor begins to lose its luster. Adding to the problems for Nvidia, Samsung will likely use its Exynos quad-core processor (expected to be clocked at 1.8Ghz) paired with 2GB RAM, to power the most awaited Android device of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S3.
So it might already be time for Nvidia to look [...]
While Nvidia’s Tegra 3 is one of the most popular and desirable smartphone/tablet SoCs currently available (along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4), it seems like the fourth generation of Tegra, expected to launch at the end of 2012, will sport a number of major improvements. Simply put, if the rumored specs that have recently surfaced turn out to be true, we might see Nvidia dethroning Qualcomm as the top SoC manufacturer.
Starting with the CPU, rumor has it that Nvidia will use the 28nm manufacturing process to deliver a quad-core ARM A15-based CPU inside the Tegra 4. This is definitely not surprising, as Qualcomm already uses the ARM A15 architecture (granted, only dual-core [...]