Nvidia Tegra 2 chip

LG has announced it plans to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor in its Optimus line of high-end smartphones, starting in the fourth quarter of 2010. LG and Nvidia aren't saying whether that means Android or Windows Phone 7 (both of which have phones under the Optimus name) or both. Here's the sexy part:

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

Do. Want. Check out the full presser after the break.

LG DEVELOPS POWERFUL SMARTPHONES WITH NVIDIA TEGRA 2 PROCESSOR

LG First to Announce Smartphone with Dual-Core CPU based on NVIDIA Tegra, the World’s Most Advanced Mobile Processor

SEOUL, Sept. 7, 2010 ­ – LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 utilizing the second generation NVIDIA® Tegra™ mobile processor, Tegra 2. Tegra 2 includes the world’s first dual-core CPU, which powers through complex tasks to achieve significant leaps in performance.

LG will integrate Tegra 2 into its smartphones, providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability. These smartphones will be part of LG’s Optimus Series, a new line of innovative mobile products.

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, Vice President of Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile Communications Company. “We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”

“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivaled, turbocharged media experience.”

LG’s Optimus Series smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will debut starting in the fourth quarter of the year.

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About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 82,000 people working in over 115 operations around the world. With 2009 global sales of 55.5 trillion Korean Won (43.4 billion US Dollars), LG comprises of five business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner of Formula 1™ and a Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lge.com.

 

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Dual-core Tegra 2 smartphones are coming from LG in Q4, and Android's a pretty good bet

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I really hope they make something of quality with these Tegra 2's
So far pretty much everything I've seen that has the Tegra 2 chip in it is pretty rubbish.

So far I am a bit disappointed with this this processor as well. Someone ran Quadrant test on Toshiba AC100 netbook with Android 2.1 on it (No JIT). This one uses Tegra 2 (or also called Tegra 250).

See this chart and compare the results with other phones (especially Samsung Galaxy S series phones!)

http://smartphonebenchmarks.com

But I doubt Quadrant is utilizing two cores, so it should be better. But it also shows that Tegra 2's GPU isn't any better than Hummingbird's.

I'm more worried about power usage. Don't want another Evo power sucking beast...should be able to last two days w/ moderate usage at least...

Good luck buddy, they are meant to be charged while your sleeping!! Batteries are still light years behind!!

2 days?! I don't know any smart phones that last two days with no charge. That sure is a lot to ask for.

I've got my slow Moto Cliq tweaked so I can charge it every two days believe it or not (charge at end of 2nd day and I'm still running that Motoblur cpu suck)...if I play any games on it, that's down to a day though :-P

Missing from the press release:

"The phone will have a slim form factor, and includes a hand held generator for when you are away from the mains."

That might not be such a bad idea. I know there are some wrist watches that use kinetic self-charging technology. I'd love having something like this built into a phone. It could build up some charge while you walk around.

I personally have had issues with LG products all together. Had one of their phones, sucked. Have one of their LCD slim TV, sucks, after a year it had to be returned for internal repairs. Paid plenty for both and I will never go LG again, don't care how good of a phone they make.

I've wondered why noone has used Tegra processors in phones up to this point. They offer the best battery life along with superior graphics.

LG will always be Goldstar to me dont like there stuff at all. cant wait to see what Sprint has for June 2011

Might be a bit optimistic to claim a dual core chip would enable "browsing the web 2X faster." The current bottleneck on mobile browsing is connection speed, not the processor.

Geeks like me would LOVE a dual core phone and I can't wait for things to move in this direction. But those people who use their device for talking, social and light web surfing probably won't get much out of it except lower battery life and a more expensive phone.

I'm not an iPhone fanboy or something , but isn't the iPhone already capable of playing 1080p videos (i know my 1st gen. iPod touch can) & have the best 3D gaming processor available ?
but we gotta give LG the credit for making a Dual-Core processor , i hope they actually do it & not just say it

Weather or not they can makes no difference if the device doesn't have 1080p resolution.

LG didn't make a dual core cpu, Nvidia did as well as Samsung and supposedly Qualcomm has one in the works also.

BTW, these cpu/gpu's will support 1080p RECORDING, something no iDevice is currently capable of.

So this is going to wind up being LG's Optimus vs Samsung's Orion.

Sounds like a Transformers movie: "Androidbots, ROLL OUT!"