An Nvidia spokesperson has confirmed the company's plans to push its ARM-based Tegra mobile platform into the realms of quad-core computing.
While firm details are still not available, Nvidia's general manager of mobile business, Michael Rayfield, is quoted in a recent interview on Hexus
saying that a Tegra 3 chip will be making an appearance very soon.
According to the site, the new Tegra will pack four processing cores into its design, potentially making it the first tablet-orientated quad-core chip to hit the market as a commercially available product.
The announcement of a quad-core Tegra 3 comes hot on the heels of Nvidia's announcement of Project Denver
; a Tegra equivalent for the desktop and server market, which combines a general-purpose ARM-based CPU with a GeForce-class GPU in a single product.
Sadly, though, Nvidia is playing its Tegra 3 cards extremely close to its chest. While a quad-core design is confirmed, the company is being hazy on a firm release schedule.
We can speculate, however. Given that the Tegra 2 platform was launched at last year's Consumer Electronics Show, but Tegra 3 didn't make an appearance at this year's event, it seems likely that the company is planning to unveil the chip at the Mobile World Congress expo net month.
With the tablet market expected to explode in 2011, thanks largely to the launch of Google's Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' mobile platform and the enhancements it brings for large-format devices, Nvidia could well be on to a winner with a quad-core chip - providing it can keep the power draw to a minimum.
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