If you were amazed by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor’s speed and power, wait till you hear about the recently showcased NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that will surely satisfy your thirst for speed and fun.
Known previously by the codename “Project Kal-El,” Tegra 3 vows up to three times the graphic performance of Tegra 2. It also includes features that lowers power consumption by up to 61%, bringing you about 12 hours of High Definition video playback.
So, how can Tegra 3 revolutionize an Android device–whether tablet or smartphone–that comes with it? I can think of three mind-blowing possibilities for how such a small chip can change the way you use your Android device.
The first thing that pops out of my mind when thinking of devices powered by Tegra 3 is gaming. Its younger brother, Tegra 2, has already been known to excel in bringing high-definition games to mobile phones and tablets, and now, Tegra 3 is about to usher in a new era in mobile gaming.
The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a 12-core GeForce GPU that offers the same smooth graphic performance of Tegra 2 but multiplied threefold. Watch Tegra 3 in action with the Glowball 2 demo, and be amazed at how this small chip can change modern-day gaming:
NVIDIA is bringing its premium games right into Android devices through its Tegra Zone program. Game developers have promised to publish over 40 Tegra Zone games by the end of 2011.
Currently, there are about 23 games available in Tegra Zone and about 15 games currently developed. So, we will be expecting 20 more treats from Tegra this coming Christmas.
In addition to a blazing fast GPU, Tegra 3 will also pack new features that will bring gaming to a new level. The processor offers full game controller support, allowing consumers to play games on their smartphones or tablets. Or, you can connect your device to a big-screen HDTV to fully optimized your gaming experience.
Also enjoy 3D gaming experience with NVIDIA’s award-winning 3D Vision technology, which automatically converts OpenGL applications to 3D. With HDMI 1.4 technology, you can stream your games to widescreen 3D TVs, bringing enhanced 3D gaming experience to consumers.
Aside from gaming, Tegra 3 is expected to provide blazing-fast performance. With faster clock speeds, bigger memory, and double the cores, Tegra 3 can deliver 5 times turbo-boosted performance compared to Tegra 2. NVIDIA actually believes Tegra 3 runs faster than the Intel Core 2 Duo T7200.
Your apps will also get a turbo boost with Tegra 3’s quad-core CPU. Just imagine what Tegra 3’s four cores could do for panoramic stitching apps and video transcoding apps.
In most cases, faster processors also require more power. With all the turbo features packed into Tegra 3, will it also absorb battery power as quickly as cotton balls absorb water?
NVIDIA has a solution: integrating its patent-pending Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP) technology into the chip, which includes a fifth companion CPU along the four main cores. This is the technology responsible for up to 61% lesser power consumption in Tegra 3 devices. The technology makes the processor consume less power while doing simple tasks and speeds things up when needed.
The companion CPU is designed for tasks requiring less power, and the other 4 main cores are for complex tasks. So, when your device performs simple, nondemanding task or processes, the chip will activate its fifth CPU. It will not activate the main CPU cores, thereby lessening battery consumption. In contrast, for high-performance and intensive tasks like gaming, Tegra 3 disables the companion CPU and activates the 4 main cores to provide the necessary lift.
NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor will surely bring devices to a new level of gaming and faster performance. This ultrafast chip will be first integrated into a tablet, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which will be launched this coming December.
With the existence of these chips, we can expect faster and more optimized Android smartphones and tablets for the next year. But, wouldn’t it be more apt to call them superphones and supertablets instead?