Lately, a slide from Nvida’s presentation at Mobile World Congress 2011, that will be held in February, leaked to World Wide Web. According to it, NVIDIA plans to expand the variety of SoC systems referring to Tegra family by introducing four new platforms.
T25 is designed specifically for tablet commuters with 3D-displays. It will feature dual-core Cortex-A9 processor operating at 1,2 GHz. The overall performance of that SoC will account to 5520 MIPS. The mass production of new SoC will begin in Q1 2011, however, samples of ready-to use devices based on this platform will start to appear in Q2 2011. Together with T25, NVIDIA will announce another similar, in terms of performance, platform — AP25. This one is targeted at high-performance smartphones with 3d-displays.
The later two platforms, T30 and AP30, refer to the introduction of new NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, that will re place just recently announce Tegra 2 platform. The slide says Tegra 3 will be built on a quad-core! Cortes-A9 clocked at 1,5 GHz which results in 13800 MIPS of performance numbers. To compare, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors shows only 4600 MIPS. Other features of NVIDIA Tegra 3 include enhanced graphics core that is said to have three times faster than its predecessor, support for Blue-ray and 1920 х 1080 display resolutions. One of the advantages of the upcoming Tegra 3 platform is ULP (Ultra Low Power) CPU operating mode. I miss my guess if this is not related to use of one or two cores at lower clocks under small loads which will increase battery life of a mobile device.
All of the above is true for T30 platform, dedicated to be used in tablets. As for AP30, Tegra 3 smartphone platform, its will have two version built on either dual or quad-core CPUs. Besides, the platform will have support for 1366 х 768 pixel display which is generally fully justified.
As the slide says, the engineering samples of NVIDIA Tegra 3 were available for testing since Q4 2010, however, the final product based on a new platform will see the light this year’s Autumn.