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4th Gen Tegra “Wayne” Processors To Feature 4 And 8 Cores, Up To 64 Core GPU!

Nvidia’s 3rd generation Tegra platform code-named “Kal-El” isn’t even released yet and we’re already over it. While Kal-El’s quad-core architecture will certainly make 2012′s tables a sight to see, it is the 4th generation’s “Wayne” platform that is really exciting. How does quad and octo-core tablets and superphones sound?

The unique aspect of the Wayne platform will be its dual chip approach. On the “lower end” we’ll have a 1.5 GHz quad-core chip w/ 24-core GPU built off of the ARM Cortex A15 architecture. It’ll provide triple-digit GFLOP performance while still retaining Kal-El’s (3rd — still unreleased — generation Tegra) power envelope.

The higher end octo-core beast chip will feature a much beefier CPU (see “octo-core”) as well as a 32/64-core GPU. The insane amount of power on tap means we’ll now get support for OpenGL 4.x, OpenCL 1.x, Lightfield focusing technology and even Nvidia’s desktop PhysX technology.

Commence drooling in 3..2..1…
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Tegra 2 3D Suport Coming Later This Year.

Tegra 2 is still barely crawling and already the tech world is beginning to move on to the next bigger and better item — “Tegra 2.5″. While not the official numbering scheme from Nvidia, the reason for the added “0.5″ is 3D support and a 200MHz higher clock speed for each core. Production of this slightly tweaked Tegra 2 chip is slated for Q1 of this year, with release sometime soon thereafter. In our opinion, the 200MHz on two cores is much more exciting and beneficial than glasses-free 3D only because (1) we can always use more speed and (2) the glasses-less 3D we’ve seen thus far has been…a let down. But that won’t stop Nvidia who is currently in full steam ahead, beast mode. We expect to hear Nvidia divulge more information on this updated Tegra 2 processor (and it’s successor, the Tegra 3) at MWC in the not too distant future.

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Nvidia Claims Quad-Core Mobile CPU’s Coming “In the Near Future”. #nvidia #tegra

As I write this, I find myself looking forward to 2011 and the year of dual-core and 2GHz+ smartphones. It almost seems incomprehensible that a mere 2-3 years ago we considered phones such as the BlackBerry Curve (with it’s 312MHz processor and 320 x 240 display) a high-end smartphone. Not to single out BlackBerry, it’s just the first phone that came to mind as it’s what I personally used during that same time frame. Yet even taking that into consideration, the promise of multi-core, 2GHz+ phones is so awe-inspiring.

Today, Nvidia took it to another level by boasting not only of dual-core mobile phone processors, but quad-core as well…
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Rumor of the day: HTC Tablet and Tegra 2.

Smartphones are old news. The current craze is tablets. I’m sure you’re almost sick of hearing about tablets as it seems like daily some company is announcing another “one-tablet-to-rule-the-world” editions. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to get used to it, because tablet talk isn’t going anywhere. With that said, rumored specs for HTC’s upcoming tablet have started slipping out. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s quite a killer on paper. First, the specs: Nvidia Tegra 2, 1280×720 touchscreen, 2GB of RAM , 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS, and a claimed price of $790. $790! Yikes. Perhaps the high price is due to rumors saying that Android 3.0 will ship as standard.

Whatever the case, $800 for a tablet (yes, I know the high-end iPad is pushing close to that) is pretty expensive given the current market. The much talked about Samsung Tablet that’s been getting a fair amount of coverage isn’t that great in my opinion. An Android 2.2 tablet with the possibility of no market access is a waste. Hopefully Android 3.0 cures this problem as has been rumored. What do you guys and gals think?

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Nvidia Fermi GT300 series cards delayed

Those looking to pick up the hottest piece of gaming gear at the end of this year, namely an Nvidia Fermi GT300 series card, are going to have quite the bleak and unhappy Christmas. According to DigiTimes, Nvidia is waiting until fiscal year 2011 (read: late January) to release this new gaming beast of a chip. The delay is disappointing to say the least. “Industry sources” had this to say about the matter:

Nvidia will ramp Fermi for three different product lines: GeForce, Quadro and Tesla in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, during a recent conference call with financial analysts. Huang’s statement means that Nvidia will only be able to start shipping its Fermi-based GPUs in 2010, instead of the end of 2009 as originally planned, the sources pointed out.

The short delay that is forecasted isn’t that bad but still, any delay is heartbreaking. What else are gamers who live on the bleeding edge supposed to do now…?

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Nvida mystery tablet wows us. Leaves us yearning for more info.

An oft rumored Apple tablet has so far failed to materialize. I’m pretty confident Apple is close to releasing one however. Call it a gut feeling. Meanwhile, this whole waiting thing and constantly not knowing can wear down on your nerves. A rather surprising solution has come from a very surprising manufacturer — Nvidia. The tablet pictured above instantly reminds me of some of those CrunchPad renders. Whether or not we’ll ever see that device is still up in the air. This mystery device however was spotted during an interview between Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang and several journalists in Dubai. Was he vacationing, visiting strictly for work (for that gorgeous tablet in particular), or simply there to nerd out on the cool buildings and feel some hot Dubai sand between his toes? I really can’t speculate on that. RIght now the only thing we do know is that Tegra will be the mobile powerhouse between this gadget, whatever it may be — the nameless soldier. Unfortunately for us, Mr. Huang was suffering from a bit of lock-jaw regarding the tablet so absolutely nothing is known about it that we already didn’t know (you know…like one actually existing…) Where do you stand on it?

**Update: Engadget is reporting that this mystery tablet is a “Tegra prototype from an ODM called ICD”. Quell your curiosity?


Nvidia Tegra in pictures!

Engadget was lucky enough to get some hands (and eyes) on time with Nvidia’s Tegra platform. At MWC Nvidia had a proof of concept device connected to a large LCD and pushing 1080p TV to it without breaking a sweat. The sweet part is the claimed 10 hour battery life while doing the previously mentioned task! Awesome. They were also fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the up and coming Yulong N8 and IAC S2 Tegra APX phones.  Hop inside for a few pictures of the devices working their magic.

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Nvidia’s $99 Tegra 600 series platform gets ousted!

Today at MWC Nvidia took the wraps off of their MID/mobile device Tegra 600 series platform which has been designed to take the mobile world by storm.  The new platform brings such benefits to the table such as the ability to go days, yes days between charges!  Not only that but it will provide an instant-on, always connected HD services.  As the industry moves more and more to mobile web on the go, video, audio, pictures, and applications are all coming with that industry push, taxing the hardware of current devices.  Tegra will start the next push into the future and bring the power and scalability of a full sized desktop PC closer to mobile reality.  The bread and butter is inside…

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