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NVIDIA announces DirectTouch for Tegra3 devices, promises smoother touchscreen experiences

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NVIDIA announces DirectTouch for Tegra3 devices, promises smoother touchscreen experiences
During their CES presentation today NVIDIA introduced a new technology: DirectTouch. Exclusive to Tegra3 devices, DirectTouch will utilize the low-power 5th core to create a smoother, more responsive touchscreen experience.

While Ice Cream Sandwich has brought the smoothest touch and scrolling experience yet to Android, in the end Android still processes some interface interactions in the same CPU stack as the rest of the operating system, which once in a while leads to a lag between a touch input and response. If DirectTouch can reduce or eliminate that by offloading some of the touchscreen computation to the low-power 5th core, NVIDIA might have a real differentiator on its hands.

The presentation demo (which we liveblogged) looked convincing, but that’s exactly what demos are supposed to do. According to NVIDIA's website, utilizing the free core for DirectTouch speeds up touch processing by 6x, in addition to lowering the amount of energy used.

Better interaction and lower battery usage? Yes please! With the Transformer Prime getting ICS today, we should be seeing the fruits of NVIDIA's labors in the very near future...

source: NVIDIA

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 19:38

1. Carlitos (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I like what Nvidia is doing with that 5th core, to do low-medium task in the background such as this. And allowing the the other 4table cores with heavy stuff like browsing, speed, gaming, etc. Very ingineuos. I wonder if this will stack up nicely with Exynos.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:53

2. lboogy82788 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


This just perfect especially for cell phones.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:22

3. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


just beautiful

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