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?