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NVIDIA Sees a Quad-core Future

December 1, 2010 | by Michael Heller

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NVIDIA Tegra 2

It’s no surprise that hardware manufacturers aren’t going to stand still with the coming of dual-core mobile processors. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang teased Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 processors back in September, and now it seems one or both of those products could feature quad-core processors.

The conclusion of an NVIDIA Whitepaper entitled “The Benefits of Multiple CPU Cores in Mobile Devices” (because that’s a topic that requires 22 pages to explain) states that “Dual-core processors will be the standard in 2011, and quad-core is coming in the near future.” The paper doesn’t specifically state these chips will be coming to Android devices, but that seems like a pretty easy connection to make.

We already knew that dual-core would be the standard in 2011, but what exactly does “in the near future” mean? When NVIDIA teased the Tegra 3 and 4, they also stated that NVIDIA will be releasing a new Tegra system-on-a-chip “every single year”, so the near future could be very close indeed. With hardware moving this fast, we can only hope that software developers can keep up and take advantage of all the new processing power.

[NVIDIA Whitepaper] via Android and Me