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The Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition kicks off next week, but some companies are rushing out announcements ahead of the conference. That includes LG, which just couldn't wait to unveil its first quad-core processor smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. It's powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 '4-Plus-1' chip clocked at 1.5GHZ and boasts a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display with a 1280x720 resolution. "LG introduced the world's first Dual-Core smartphone exactly one year ago and today we're announcing the next milestone," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. "But speed... Read more...
We're all familiar with the KISS principle, a favorite acronym among teachers who love to tell their students to "Keep It Simple, Silly" (or Stupid, depending on your professor). It's a lesson that wasn't lost on NVIDIA, which has decided to simply dub the unique architecture in its Tegra 3 processor as "4-Plus'1" instead of all the other names it had been using, including "variable symmetric multiprocessing" and calling the battery-saving fifth core a "companion core" or "ninja core." "Today, we’re officially calling it the 4-Plus-1 quad-core architecture and trademarking the name," NVIDIA... Read more...
If you've paid attention to quarterly earnings reports from the major computer OEMs, you've likely noticed that the hard drive shortage this fall had an impact, but not a disastrous one. Companies like Intel reported that manufacturer inventories were substantially affected as company's held off on restocking to see what prices would do, but net sales only fell modestly. The GPU market, on the other hand, seems to have taken a hit. Nvidia has stated that its Q4 results were hurt by the hard drive shortage, something AMD also mentioned in its Q4 results. We didn't break it out initially -- AMD's... Read more...
CES 2012 may be over, but Mobile World Congress is just around the corner. We're already expecting a number of big announcements in the smartphone space, with most of them surrounding the idea of quad-core handsets. Rumor has it that HTC and Samsung have some quad-core smartphones up their sleeves, and now, new information suggests LG may be joining them. A newly leaked image shows the all new LG X3,which is expected to feature a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and a 4.7-inch, 1280x720 high-resolution display with physical capacitive buttons below the screen. The X3 is also said to feature a profile that's... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich. Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the mix... Asus Eee Pad Transformer... Read more...
When we first received the new NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime for testing, we had solid communication from both Asus and NVIDIA that this tablet was one of Google's test vehicles for their upcoming Android 4.0 operating system, also referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich.  Besides the fact that the folks at Google have a bit of a sweet tooth, at least when it comes to development project code names, this new iteration of Google's OS reportedly was targeted primarily at performance enhancements, with a few feature-adds and UI tweaks thrown into the... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, OCZ's Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and how not to get burned, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core Limited Edition graphics card, and details of the HotHardware Gear-Up Giveaway with MSI and NVIDIA give away... Show Notes: 00:41 - Iyaz cries. 01:30 - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Tegra 3 Unleashed 07:53 - OCZ Octane Series SATA III Solid State Drive Review  11:17 - Amazon Kindle Fire: Insight and... Read more...
It sometimes rolls this way.  One of the most hotly anticipated product launches of the year and, you guessed it, the prized package drops on your doorstep for testing and evaluation literally hours before the official launch hits.  Have we had nearly enough time with this sleek little minx?  Absolutely not.  But when the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime shows up packing NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 Quad-Core SoC with its perky fifth companion core in tow, you man-up (or woman-up as the case may be), get your geek on and burn some midnight oil. At least dessert wasn't on the menu. ... Read more...
It sometimes rolls this way.  One of the most hotly anticipated product launches of the year and, you guessed it, the prized package drops on your doorstep for testing and evaluation literally hours before the official launch hits.  Have we had nearly enough time with this sleek little minx?  Absolutely not.  But when the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime shows up packing NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 Quad-Core SoC with its perky fifth companion core in tow, you man-up (or woman-up as the case may be), get your geek on and burn some midnight oil. So, what do we have for you on the pages... Read more...
NVIDIA introduced its long-awaited Tegra 3 processor (The Chip Formerly Known As Kal-El), which is the first quad-core mobile processor around. Designed for tablets and super phones, the Tegra 3 will purportedly best the processing performance of the Tegra 2 chip by a factor of five (and graphics by a factor of three, thanks to a 12-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU with stereo 3D support), all while reducing power consumption by 61%. Although Tegra 3 is a quad-core chip, there is also a fifth “companion core”, which is designed to take over for less-intensive computing tasks, such as listening... Read more...
2010 wasn't Tegra's banner year the way we thought it might be after seeing the Tegra 250 platform demo'd at last year's CES. There are signs, however, that 2011 may turn out differently. According to DigiTimes, multiple PC OEMs are warming up to Tegra after watching consumers ardently embrace the iPad. The success of Apple's tablet, according to some, has actually helped Android+ARM by demonstrating that non-Wintel systems can offer compelling user experiences. It's difficult to underestimate how important Tegra is to Nvidia's long-term future; the company has bet that Tesla and Tegra will become... Read more...
Roughly 13 months ago, we wrote a story discussing the importance of Tegra to NVIDIA's future and why the company has devoted so much time and money to it. Just over a year later, NVIDIA has affirmed that Tegra remains an essential part of its future business model, while tacitly admitting that the number of Tegra/Tegra 2 devices on the market hasn't ramped as aggressively as the company had hoped. When we pressed for details on why Tegra 2 had largely fizzled after its impressive debut at CES last year, company reps told us it wasn't a manufacturing issue or a problem with any part of Tegra 2's... Read more...
While there are only a select few devices that currently sport NVIDIA's Tegra processor, the GPU giant obviously hasn't stopped R&D on their series of SoCs. For the uninitiated, the various flavors of Tegra integrate an ARM processor core, with a GPU, and northbridge and southbridge functionality within one chip. Tegra and Tegra 2's low power consumption coupled with HD video playback capabilities--among other features--make them ideal candidates for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. One problem, up to this point, however, is the lack of products... Read more...
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