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NVIDIA's Tegra 3 (Kal-El) Quad-Core Mobile Superchip Detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 9, 2011 3:51 am
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 (Kal-El) Quad-Core Mobile Processor - Continued


NVIDIA were quick to remind us that Tegra 3 is a totally brand new chip - a completely new CPU featuring video decoding at up to 1080p with high-profile 40Mbps, with peaks at 60Mbps. Brand new memory capabilities with a 300-percent leap in memory bandwidth which is thanks to DDR3L, a low-cost memory solution.


The result? DDR3L reduces NVIDIA's costs, battery life, power consumption and overall design. DDR3L is very important to Tegra 3.



The presentation ended shortly after this and Matt Wuebbling was open to some questions. Before I yelled out "marry me", after being so blown away from the Tegra 3 presentation, I was the first to fire off a question.


I asked "how will this [Tegra 3] affect the console market. With NVIDIA GPUs powering the PS3, within 1-2 years, will Tegra out-power the consoles?" - Matt replied saying that it was a great question (leaving me blushing and batting my eye lids), saying that "consoles are still very powerful today, not quite there with mobile GPUs, but will be there in a few years. It's hard to predict how much power, but NVIDIA think we're getting close to that [of consoles], from an experience perspective, with some capabilities etc. enabled in Tegra 3, allowing a console-like experience - we'll be there pretty soon."


Did you read that? "We'll be there pretty soon" - this really lines up with my previous editorial on smartphones versus consoles. Something that I predicted almost a year ago and today we're getting close to that mark.


I then asked "Will next-generation consoles use Tegra, or GeForce-based GPUs?", Matt replied with, "A lot of different ways that consoles could go in the future, with NVIDIA interested in participating, but I can't talk too many specifics for consoles."


Will we see next-next-gen Tegra designs in consoles? Well, the question is out there people... it is a possibility as console makers will favor low-power, low-heat, super-efficient and scalable designs such as Tegra versus the power-hungry, heat-crazy GeForce GPUs (unless done right).


Lastly, Windows 8 support. NVIDIA are committed to Windows 8 and showed this at the //build/ conference a few months ago where Kal-El was the preferred device of the show. Tegra 3 also includes support for Linux, Chrome and of course, Android.




The first Tegra 3-powered device to hit the market will be in the form of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. There will be others to follow and NVIDIA hope to see Tegra 3 in smartphones in Q1 of 2012.


Be sure to keep checking the TweakTown main page for more news and [hopefully soon] reviews of Tegra 3-powered devices!

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