NVIDIA Quad-Core Tegra 3 Chip Officially Unveiled [Video]

November 10, 2011, By Leo Xavier

The chip was earlier announced to be coming in an upcoming tablet and there were also rumors about an HTC smartphone which will incorporate it. Now, that chip is official. NVIDIA has finally unveiled their quad-core ARM Cortex A9 Tegra 3 processor.

The processor, which was previously codenamed “Kal-El”, is being claimed to be coming with “PC-class performance” for tablets and smartphones.

The new chip delivers 3 times the graphics performance of the company’s dual-core Tegra 2 chip and it provides up to 61% lower power consumption.


The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor features a new technology, Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP), which includes a fifth CPU “companion”. The companion core has been designed specifically for work requiring less power.

For example, if you are listening to music or using your handset in a way that consumes less power, the chip will automatically throttle down to use the companion core.

The four main cores will take care of high performance works. When extra power is needed, the chip disables the companion core and activates the four processing cores.

The Tegra 3 processor also features a 12-core GeForce graphics processing unit which comes with support for stereoscopic 3D, new video engines for playing 1080p HD video and many more.

The chip, which is in production now, will be available with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. We are expecting Tegra 3 equipped devices to be introduced in early 2012. Stay tuned for updates.

Check out the video to take a peek at the new chip’s gaming capabilities. And you can place your comments in the box below.

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