This January sure is a busy month for NVIDIA as most dual-core powerhouses, which are about to hit market very soon will feature its Tegra 2 processor. But now it is about to get even busier according to a leak showing a “Tegra 2 3D” processor in the works for a spring launch.
The Tegra 2 3D processor by NVIDIA could be clocked at up to 1.2 GHz for each of the two cores and is expected to support 3D displays. This certainly fits well the 3D talk that we have been hearing about and in particular – rumors about a big 3D-capable "industry first" device on Sprint. While these are still whispers and the Tegra 2 chip is still months away, the 3D technology is already out there and it seems inevitable that many handsets will feature it in the very near future.
The “world's first mobile 3D processor” will be based on Dual Cortex-A9 and will allow for three-dimensional effect similar to the one on the Nintendo 3DS.
But the good news doesn't end here. NVIDIA is planning to take over the mobile processor world with quad-core devices expected somewhere around the fall of 2011. We haven't even seen dual-core chipsets out yet (except for South Korea) and news for four cores have already leaked. The Cortex-A9 based silicon will feature not only higher clock rate at up to 1.5 GHz, but three times the graffical oomph, support for Blu-ray video, and 1900 x 1200 displays for tablets on one hand. Smartphones on the other, will receive support for resolutions of as much as 1366 x 768 pixels and samples are expected in the last quarter of 2011. But don't worry about the high clock speed, the quad-core monstrous chips are expected with NVIDIA's ULP (ultra-low power) CPU mode, which would probably manage power consumption better. Could Apple lose some of its momentum because of its choice for the A4 architecture? The summer of this year is surely going to be hot.
What else could we want? At such a speed, we wouldn't be surprised to see octa-core chips roll out in 2012, but let's not rush things and just keep our fingers crossed in hope!