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NVIDIA Officially Announces Quad-Core Tegra 3 with Comparison and Demo Videos

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    NVIDIA outed their "Kal-El" chip which officially becomes the Tegra 3 Quad-core today. Although we have known much about this new tech for quite some time, they have included some new and interesting details about the chip, as well as some demo and comparison videos. One of the newest bits of info they shared was that the chip really has 5 cores instead of just 4. The fifth core, called the "companion core", is what primarily runs things. It handles low-power tasks like listening to music or regular everyday uses. The other cores only kick in, when more power-hungry computations are needed. This design is to facilitate more efficient battery consumption and still give the chip ample power for the most demanding apps and games when it needs it.


    Additionally, NVIDIA shared that the GPU will be a 12-core behemoth! This will give game developers a lot more power to tap into, so they can unleash their creativity to make things look more amazing in games. But, don't take our word for it. Check out these great videos that really showcase the amazing advancements in this technology!


    Source: NVIDIA
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    We would still not see the true multi-core power of the device harnessed unless the Android (OS itself) and the apps are tweaked/tuned to handle these capabilities. I'd also like to see how is the battery usage with these kind of multi-core CPU based chipsets.
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    The first video really shows the power of this new processor. Fast fwd to 1:40 and you will see what I mean. :p
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    Well...by the time a makes a phone with a quad core comes out, maybe one of these cuz I like what I hear about the 5th core...it will probably be around upgrade time again. Prefect for those getting a phone now.
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    The comparison video truly looks like a marketing video and reinforces that we will not truly know what the devices these go in are capable of or how they compare to the competition until we have them in our hands. They make it seem like everything prior to the Tegra 3 is mega choppy and completely unplayable whereas nothing can possibly stand in the Tegra's way and new environments and effects will automatically appear in games with it, which is crap. Nice marketing for tech n00bs though.
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    The great thing about the Tegra 3 is that you can look forward to an amazing 1 hour of battery time........wait is that not a good selling point?
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    Lets not bash battery life just yet I have two tegra 2 devices and both have great battery life both tablet and x2. Battery life will depend heavly on the OS
    Gingerbread strugles with two cores let alone 5. ICS maybe the saving grace wont know tell its in a few devices. but the Tegra 3 maynot be for sub 4.5 inch type devices to begin with. Not to mention the battery strain that LTE already puts on the device. we bash cpus and cell signal for being battery hogs but keep in mind those technologies have grown in leaps and bounds in the last three years. But Battery Life has yet to make any major leaps in years its not like your seeing a new battery attached to these devices. your asking them to be uber super while being tethered to geezer power sources. With the new chips and LTE batteries need to change become smaller and hold more power longer as well as demand the new chip sets use less power. Then you will have a phone/ tablet that will have a usable battery life. tell then we really cant complain. It would be like asking an electric car to get 100s of miles when using Duracell D batteries.
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    I love the abilities but i dislike how each app has to be specifically designed for the tegra cpu. It would seem more appropriate to make the OS automatically tune all apps into using multi cores, not the other way around. i dont see the need for more cores after quad core so hopefully this means over the next year and a half we will see the quad core be a lot more refined. This looks pretty sweet though, i want to see how the competition does. i know qualcomm has its own way of saving power as well. Just as a side note though, i really dont think that glowball game looks that good.IMO that to me looks pretty lame to play (not the graphics but the game itself). They should be showing off the other games more.
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    LOL the glow ball game is not really meant to be played "I think" it appears to be a showcase of the lighting and texture abilities of the Tegra 3 and gpu. look at the video again and see how the light coming from the ball appears to be real and has real affects on the enviroment around the ball. also look at the seaweed as the ball passes by. very very advanced graphics are at play. But I do agree that having each program tweaked to use multi cores SUCKS it should be the OS that directs this.
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    Its a serious game i think. looks too polished not to be, but yes, i get what your saying. It does showcase a number of improves quite well. And i think if Android could be coded to to do that it would be a game changer. We could have all those people stop repeating the same old "We would still not see the true multi-core power of the device harnessed unless the Android (OS itself) and the apps are tweaked/tuned to handle these capabilities." (sorry Tux, had to borrow from you) ItsIts got to be repeated as much as android fragmentation talks. Beating a dead horse now.
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    One of the big reasons IOS-5 works so well and looks great. Is the OS was coded to fully use the Dual Core A5 chip
    Android needs to play leap frog and code the OS to optimize how ever many cores are in the machine. and code it to really use its GPU
    ICS says it uses hardware acceleration now but we will see. Gingerbread is all i have to go off of and it sucks with multi core. Honeycomb is good but it too feels unrefined and some what under cooked. but I stick with google because I have faith in it. and will hold fast for the day it makes its true stand as a polished OS. keep in mind IOS-5 made by a company that already makes an OS, Android made by a company that has no OS under its belt.
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    I believe they also have to code their app to use the hardware acceleration. This needs to be done automatically by OS as well. Google just needs to sit down, and code multicores into the the OS. Its nice that they have a lot of devs ready to program it into their apps but this really should be done on google's side. If they did just that, and announced it as jellybean i bet all would be happy. And you have a good point, macs been around a lot longer than google and has the software expertise from its many PC ventures. Not that google lacks computer engineers or anything.
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    Exactly. When it says 'competition' who are they talking about? I wanna see it compared to Tegra 2 and other dual cores.
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    I loved the glitchy video. made me chuckle. All they did was put frame rate at like 2 on the video.