Nvidia on the road to world domination with Tegra 3 (Fall 2011)

Graphics giant Nvidia, which recently celebrated a billionth GeForce chip sold, is adamant to become the key silicon provider for portable gear. It’s no secret that Tegra 2 has “failed to launch” in 2010 and displace chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments in world’s most popular ARM smartphones and tablets. Learning from its Windows Mobile disaster, Nvidia has plotted an ambitious plan to put its silicon inside more gadgets by focusing on Android and improving its Tegra architecture. At CES 2011 Nvidia showed  that existing Tegra 2 chips will power flagship Android devices like the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix 4G smartphones, as well as Motorola’s Xoom tablet.

While the upcoming Tegra 2 3D is the enhanced version of Tegra 2 (performance 5520 MIPS versus 4600 MIPS), the upcoming chips T30 and AP30 are truly new generation of company’s mobile processors. Tablet’s Tegra 3 T30 (performance up to 13,800 MIPS) will be equipped with quad code ARM architecture Cortex-A9 and 1.5GHz frequencies as well as enhanced GPU as opposed to Tegra 2. It can be seen from one of the presentation slides below that this chip will have a special ULP energy saving mode, will be able to play Blu-ray video and can output resolution of up to 1920×1200.


AP30, Tegra 3 version for smartphones, will come out with a choice of quad and dual core chips and will be able to provide 1366×768 resolution. First sample of this chips should be avaialble in the fourth quarter of 2011, whereas Tegra 3-based smartphones are expected to hit the shelves early 2012.

Looking in the future, by 2013, Nvidia is planning to release a new types of GPUs (codename Maxwell) which will include (besides the discrete graphics) the first Project Denver chip. The company postulates that Project Denver would be the next flagman (the next version of Cortex-A15 x64 ARM will be used) for desktop PCs, laptops and servers.

Source: Bright Side of News



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