NVidia tablet with Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB RAM in the works

May 20, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

NVidia has dropped hints of a tablet PC that would run Android OS and contain components that would be more powerful than those in the Apple iPad. The design of the new tablet, created by Foxconn, is smaller than the iPad at 8.9 inches and very compact. The device is powered by the Tegra 2 processor from NVidia.

The processor comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 chip, with each core, in theory, having 25 percent more power than the Cortex A8 chip present on the iPad. Both processors however, do operate at the same clock speed of 1 GHz. The powerful processor on the NVidia tablet will increase the speed of functions on the device.

 The NVidia tablet has a RAM capacity of 1 GB, which is four times the RAM capacity of the iPad. It has a capacitative multi-touch screen and two USB ports, a feature absent on the iPad. A front-facing camera is also part of the gadget.

The two units of the tablet that were unveiled had just one app on each unit, running on the Android OS. The device could be released by companies contracted by NVidia such as Foxconn or other companies. However, the release date for the NVidia tablet is still unknown.

The Tegra 250 chipset from NVidia is likely to feature in other tablet devices such as the Notion Ink Adam and the ICD Ultra. A variant of the chipset could be present on the Nintendo 3DS gaming device as well.

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