NVIDIA unveils the next generation Tegra processor

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NVIDIA unveiled the next generation of its Tegra mobile processor at CES yesterday, promising to deliver tablets, smartbooks and smartphones with a blazing web browsing experience, HD video, Flash 10 support and multi-day battery life. Rather than go on and on, we will simply let the Tegra 250 specs speak for themselves:

  • The world’s first dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU running up to 1GHz
  • Eight independent processors to handle web browsing, HD video encode and decode and mobile 3D gaming
  • 10x faster than the processors used in smartphones today, and up to 4x the performance of the previous generation Tegra processor
  • Advanced TSMC 40nm process with active power management to provide amazing battery life (140 hours audio and over 16 hours of HD video playback) despite being always-on and always-connected
  • Support for 3D touchscreen user interfaces
  • Up to 1080p video encode/decode and support for HD Web streaming formats and complete HW accelerated HD multimedia engine for visually stunning movie playback
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration for streaming video and 3D mobile games
  • Resolutions ranging from four-to-eight times that of smartphones
  • Form factors and screen sizes ranging from 5-15 inches

This second iteration of the Tegra mobile chipset is in the production stage with a development kit ready and waiting for eager programmers to build applications for this next generation in mobile computing. While you wait for those drool-worthy mobile devices to emerge, you can check out a 3D gaming demo showcasing the prowess of the Tegra 250 chipset. And oh yeah, remember that the video blow is from a mobile device, not an Xbox 360.

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