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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Details of the new Asus Android Pad, running (and details of) Tegra 3 and new Samsung S3.


Asus to Launch First Quad Core Tablet – 

the Eee-Pad Transformer Prime


Published by  on Nov 10th, 2011

Interested in a Android tablet? You might want to hold out a little. December cannot get here soon enough – the tablet world is about to be shaken up with some real processing power. You know that powerful quad core processor you might have in your PC? Well expect it in your tablet soon enough.
While sporting a quad core processor, the Asus Transformer Prime will a have thinner and lighter chassis than the iPad 2, while also using aluminium for the casing. See Samsung? It can be done.
Asus’s new Transformer Prime will now sport a Nvidia Tegra 3 chip which actually has 5 CPU cores and 12 GPU cores. Now that 5th core is the interesting one – it is a special low voltage core which is only used when the device is idle. During that time the 4 bigger cores are switched off, so you can expect great battery life. In terms of memory you are looking at 1GB, which is pretty run of the mill for Android Tablets now. 
There is also a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera. But that rear camera will have a iPhone 4s-matching f2.4 aperture lens. The 10.1 inch screen should be decent as well. Using an IPS panel, viewing angles should be great with the 1280×800 resolution.
Asus says it will run Honeycomb 3.2 but will also be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich. Specs and connectivity is pretty great – a MicroSD slot, Micro-HDMI can also be found. But the big news is with the optional keyboard and trackpad accessory that also contains an additional battery for up to 18 hours of unplugged productivity. You simply clip the Eee Pad Transformer Prime into it, and the tablet is changed into a very think laptop. That dock also carries an additional USB port and SD card slot.
See the other pictures, lowish prices and the rest of the article from the bandwidthblog website.

Now let's have a look inside the Tegra 3
On Tuesday, NVIDIA officially announced the latest iteration of their mobile processor platform, Tegra 3 (previously known by the code name “Kal-El”), the predecessor of which has powered all of the Honeycomb tablets released since the Motorola XOOM. The specifications of the new platform are quite impressive, with an ARM Cortex A9 CPU supporting up to four cores with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz (or a single core with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz). 

Asus’s new Transformer Prime will now sport a Nvidia Tegra 3 chip which actually has 5 CPU cores and 12 GPU cores. Now that 5th core is the interesting one – it is a special low voltage core which is only used when the device is idle. During that time the 4 bigger cores are switched off, so you can expect great battery life. In terms of memory you are looking at 1GB, which is pretty run of the mill for Android Tablets new.

 
The platform’s support for volatile memory is also improved, with the maximum capacity raised to 2GB, and supporting DDR3-L 1500 or LPDDR2-1066 memory. The part many people are probably the most interested in when talking about an NVIDIA product, though, is the 3D capabilities it brings to the table. Tegra 3 doesn’t disappoint, with a 12-core Ultra-Low Power GeForce GPU up to three times the performance of Tegra 2, as measured by GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt. That’s nothing to scoff at, right there.

So let’s talk about that quad-core processor. Firstly, quad-core isn’t exactly the right term, as NVIDIA has implemented a new multiprocessing technology with Tegra 3, called Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP), which entails the inclusion of a fifth “companion core” in the processor package. This fifth core is created using a different process resulting in a processing unit which is extremely energy efficient at lower clock rates, and, as such, is clocked at 500 MHz (at higher clock rates, the process used to manufacture the companion core results in the core’s efficiency dropping, hence the low rate compared to the primary cores). 
The implementation of vSMP means that when a device is in standby mode, or is being used for lightweight workloads (NVIDIA names background tasks, audio, video, email synchronisation and social media synchronisation as examples), the primary cores will be shut down so that the low-power companion core can handle these tasks. As soon as the workload increases to a level that would begin taxing the companion core, the platform will automatically switch over to executing on the primary cores (when the primary cores are active, the companion core is completely shut down). This mirrors NVIDIA’s Optimus technology used in laptop chipsets to automatically switch from a CPU-driven integrated graphics processor to a hardware GPU, giving you both efficiency and performance as the situation demands. According to NVIDIA, these changes result in up to 61 percent less power consumption, or up to 12 hours of battery-backed HD video playback.

The 12-core ULP GeForce GPU improves on Tegra 2′s version by adding support for 3D stereo (via an output port supporting HDMI 1.4a). The maximum resolution supported by LCD and CRT outputs is also increased to 2048×1536 and 1920×1200, respectively. The 3D support is provided by NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology, meaning OpenGL applications need not provide explicit code to support stereo output. 
The video engine the platform provides has also been improved to support H.264 video streams encoded at a bit rate of up to 40 Mbps. The imaging component of Tegra now supports a primary camera of up to 32 MP, with a signal processor capable of processing 300 MP/s. NVIDIA has released another demo showcasing the capabilities of the Tegra 3 processing units, and it’s quite impressive:
Read the rest of the article on the ZADroid website
Finally my dream mobile phone using the Tegra 3.

The following is from various Internet websites showing some really Jaw Dropping specs:

Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) due out in mid-2012 will support a Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz and 1.5 GB of RAM. It will also have 32GB of internal on-board memory and an additional SDcard slot will be supported.

Full functioning NFC chip on-board and loaded with the latest Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Gigantic 4.65-inch screen size supporting a new display technology based on Super AMOLED III. It will have 1280×1024 screen resolution that will mean a device with a 352 ppi density.

Slightly less than 9mm thick and will have a glass and metal based very attractive design.

Ten mega-pixel camera on board that will be capable of shooting videos at 60fps in 1080p mode and a rather powerful 2250mAh battery.

My present two year contract comes to an end at the end of March so I will hold fire with a SIM only card until then. It will be really worth waiting for.

Ampers

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