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.