We all know Nvidia is going to showcase its Tegra 3 chipset at this years MWC in Barcelona. But previously all we knew about it was it was going to be quad-core with a mysterious “ninja” core. Just a week before MWC, Nvidia has revealed further details of its Tegra 3 architecture, specifically on its core setup.
So, the Tegra 3 is a quad-core CPU with a fifth “dormant” core thats called the Battery Saver Core. Nvidia’s calling this whole setup the 4-PLUS-1 Architecture. The proper description for this ‘ninja” core is Variable Symmetrical Multiprocessing ( vSMP ) . But long-hard-to-pronounce names are so last generation. According to NVIDIA’s Michael Rayfield , the vSMP just wasn’t marketable so they are officially calling it the 4-PLUS-1 SoC. The battery saver core allegedly supposed to handle light tasks that drain battery efficiently. This should boost battery significantly , especially LTE being a super battery hog.
On a side note , NVIDIA’s also just announced that Tegra 3 will be getting LTE Support with radio manufacturers CGT and Renesas fully supporting the chip. This is certainly great news for US , UK and other countries that support LTE . But for us Malaysians, none of the carriers have announced LTE and doesnt seem like happening anytime soon. Whatever it is , NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 is certainly gearing up to be one JUICY SoC, especially with companies like LG and ZTE to announce flagship devices running the chip. We will keep you posted on the latest news straight from Barcelona .