Nvidia's Tegra2

Nvidia has released a whitepaper extolling all the reasons why dual-core CPU systems are the future of mobile.  It's a really good read, even though it's a little technical for the average smartphone user.  They focus a lot on speed and rendering improvements, as well as the battery use benefits of their dual core Tegra 2 chip, and their evidence is compelling.  I've had a chance to use the Viewsonic gTablet (see our review), which uses the Tegra 2 chip, and even without full SMP (Symmetrical Multiprocessing -- using more than one CPU or core) support it's a good performer on the hardware side, and I imagine with full support it's going to blow everything we have seen so far right out of the water.  Looking at some of Nvidia's benchmarks, it looks like they have access to some Android changes that haven't made their way to us lowly end-users just yet, which is one of those good things you always see us writing about -- who better to help test and develop SMP support than companies making multi-core mobile CPU's?

Enough of my rambling and speculation.  Our pal Taylor over at Android and Me has written up quite a comprehensive breakdown of Nvidia's paperwork, I suggest anyone interested in learning a bit more about the tech involved, and exactly how we're going to benefit give it a read. [Nvidia, Android and Me]


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Nvidia tells us why we want dual-core processors


Tegra is AWESOME. The sound quality of the Tegra chip is by fare the best in the industry. ZuneHD anyone?

If mobile phones function something like a computer, sound processing is only partially done on the processor, and it's not the part that determines sound quality. High end sound units (like the zune) will not even use that and will have a dedicated sound card. So no, the processor has nothing to do with sound quality, unless mobile units are totally different.

Tegra 2 will kill Samsung hummingbird. Samsung will be competing with it's orion chip, which is also a dual core A9.