NVIDIA Tegra 3 Officially Announced

NVIDIA has finally made an announcement about the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and has made it official. The new chip follows on from the Tegra 2 and is a quad-core processor that was previously known as the Kal-El.

With it being a quad-core chip it should come as no surprise that it is more powerful than previous generations. Up to five times from what we understand. We also hear that it is 61 percent more efficient and that it’s capable of 12 hours of average HD playback.

The device utilises a fifth processor that can be used alone when the device doesn’t demand all four cores are working. By switching to the single processor it allows efficiency to be maximised.

The Tegra 3 uses a Cortex-A9 MPCore from ARM with the four cores running at speeds of up to 1.3GHz. The 61 percent saving means that the quad-core processor can actually out perform a dual-core processor and make a battery last longer.

The first device to launch with a Tegra 3 chip inside is the Transformer Prime which we mentioned earlier today. Expect more devices to launch with the chip in the coming months.

To see what a difference 4 cores makes compared to 2 cores, take a look at the demonstration video below. The video runs some demo software that is able to activate all four cores or just one or 2 so that you can see what extra performance boost it brings to a device:


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