Tegra 3 Going Quad-Core Later This Year with HD Display Support


Along with going 3D for its Tegra 2 processors in Spring, NVIDIA will be upping the mobile processing ante with a quad-core Tegra 3 release come this fall according to a leaked slide revealing the company’s roadmap obtained by Engadget. The leak isn’t surprising as the company had previously already alluded to quad-core mobile processors in the past, saying that it was “coming soon,” and rumors of a quad-core CPU announcement has been swirling leading up to the Mobile World Congress trade event.

For Tegra 3, the leaked slide reveals that NVIDIA is expecting up to 3 times better graphics performance with its System on a Chip design. The Tegra 3 is clocked at 1.5 GHz and promises Blu-ray decoding on tablets and will support tablet resolutions of 1920 X 1200. These chips are expected to be sampled to OEMs in the fourth quarter, so we probably won’t see tablets shipping with Tegra 3 until 2012.

In phones, Tegra 3 will also support high resolution phone displays. For iPhone fanatics, Tegra 3 will support display resolutions higher than Apple’s Retina Display, which measures 960 X 640 pixels. In fact, Tegra 3 will support HD screens of 1366 X 768 pixels, turning your 3- or 4-inch smartphone into a display that has a resolution equivalent to today’s laptops and netbooks! Whether manufacturers will implement the higher resolution screens into their phones is another story as manufacturers can still opt to use lower resolution displays to save on costs.

The company has been so far successful with its Tegra 2 push despite low adoption from manufacturers for its original Tegra 1 chip. The dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based Tegra 2 is powering a number of popular gadgets that were announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, including the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola Atrix 4G for AT&T, and the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb Android 3.0 tablet for Verizon Wireless. In fact, NVIDIA was able to secure its dual-core Tegra 2 chipset as a reference design for Google’s Android-based tablets.

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