With the official launch of the Android tablet Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Nvidia also has details on his new stroke of genius Tegra published 3. Critics are likely to fall silent as soon as the new quad-core is not only stronger than its predecessor Tegra 2, but also saves power.
Some data on the Tegra 3, which was developed under the code name Kal-El (Superman), are already known for some time. But had been invited to the international conference, also to the Nvidia Mobile area, and new information were to be heard – and some of them sound downright overwhelming. Nvidia Tegra 3 Sun speaks at the first time by a processor, the performance is technically similar to a computer chip. These are not just big words, as you can convince the manufacturer’s own videos.
Benchmarks can be in the new quad-core chip for mobile devices not only all current competitors far behind, but even the PC processor Core2Duo T7200 with 2 GHz clock rate. Granted, coming nearly five years ago on the market, yet the power of the Tegra 3 impressive. Be used two or more cores, it clocked up to 1.3 GHz, a single main processor can quickly fire up even the turbo and make up to 1.4 gigahertz.Overall, the Tegra 3 has five times more computing power than its predecessor, the new GeForce series graphics accelerator provides three times more. Nevertheless, the new chip consumes no more, but according to the manufacturer even less power than the second Tegra
Not four, but a four and a half-Kerner
There are several reasons. Because the new chip is actually not four, but a four and a half-Kerner. Once the sheer power of the four main processors are no longer necessary since only about the standby must be done, takes over a fifth core work.He just clocked up to 500 MHz and consumes much less power due to its design as its Cortex-A9-brothers. But this so-called Core Companion does not only menial jobs, he goes even for playing 1080p video. And here comes the second reason for the power savings comes into play: While the companion core, you can restore any or all other CPUs are completely disabled. They are active only when needed – such as the start of the video. Nvidia calls this vSMP (vertical symmetric multi-processor system).A special adaptation of the software or the operating system for this fifth core is not necessary – Tegra 3 distributes his work independently as required to the various cores.
Through these two tricks of the Tegra consumes 3 for processes like games about 15 to 60 percent less electricity than the Tegra 2, and so you come on a video playback time of 12 hours. In idle mode, the fuel consumption are about 20 to 40 percent lower, said Nvidia.
How powerful it has turned up the power screw, show new tech demos like Glowbal Sea Floor 2 or 3 specifically for the Tegra architecture adapted to games like Shadowgun, or Riptide Sprinkle. You benefit from extensive graphical effects like dynamic lighting, physics and particle effects, high resolution, Mution blur, transparency and water simulation in real time. Made possible by the new GeForce GPU, the 12 cores from three times more force than in previous draws. Are currently already more than 15 games for the Tegra 3 in the works, to want to end the Tegrazone to attract more than 40.
And Nvidia is thinking even further. Since you now have the appropriate power to turn a Tegra-3-tablet a mobile gaming console, a controller integrated manufacturer of control. So you can with the input devices of Wii, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 not only play games, but also control up to 10 meters distance from Android through menus. So that games can comfortably from the couch to change or stop or fast forward the movie.
To make the console feeling completely, can stream content from a Tegra-3 device directly via HDMI or WiFi with DLNA on a suitable TV - also in 3D. In addition, Tegra 3 Open GL applications that were actually created in 2D into 3D display optional – a similar feature, LG recently announced for games.
First Tablets with the new chipset as the ZTE D98 and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime were already presented, smartphones with the power of the 4.5 kernels only come on the market in early 2012.