NVIDIA Launches Tegra 2

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At CES this week NVIDIA launched the new Tegra platform, officially making 2010 the rebirth of the Tablet. Even with hints of the Apple Tablet coming around, it turns out that quite a few companies have already jumped on the bandwagon of super thin slate computers thanks to the second generation NVIDIA Tegra. This new chipset offers more processing power, gaming support, and much better battery life than the original Tegra and is aimed to really change the mobile computing space.

The Tegra 2 represents a huge undertaking at NVIDIA and one of the biggest projects they have worked on since the company was founded. From what we saw today at the NVIDIA press conference, it looks like most of that work will be well worth their time.

Tegra 2 Specifications:

  • 8 Independent Processors
  • Dual-Core Coretex-A9 CPU
  • 10x Performance
  • 500 milliwatt Power Consumption

NVIDIA demoed quite a few prerelease tablet products from multiple manufacturers including ASUS, Compal, ICD, MSI, Mobinova, and Quanta. Internet browsing with fast page rendering was a key aspect, as well as full 1080P flash support for online video streaming from sites like YouTube. From a gaming standpoint they also mentioned that the Tegra 2 platform will support the Unreal gaming engine, bringing many of the latest games to the mobile platform. This is a huge leap forward for the mobile gaming market, since up until now many of the portable gaming systems are close to a decade behind PC’s in terms of processing and GPU performance. Tegra 2 is claimed to be only two-three years behind modern gaming systems.

Right now we can only mention NVIDIA’s claims about the Tegra 2 platform and what we had a chance to see at today’s press conference. If what we saw holds true, the devices hitting the might displace what most of us might use a netbook for. Battery life is another area that will really shift the scale compared to current devices on the market. NVIDIA claimed the Tegra 2 could offer up to 140 hours of music playback and 16 hours of HD video playback. With most portable devices on the market lucky to even hit half of that… it’s not hard to say this is definitely going to be a game changer in more ways than one.

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