Current-generation Tegra 2 chips for smartphones and tablets include the AP20H and T20 SoC solutions, both built around ARM’s 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor. They are to be replaced soon, however, with Tegra 2 3D architecture consisting of the T25 and AP25 chips for smartphones and tablets, respectively. Upping the CPU frequency to 1.2GHz and adding built-in support for 3D displays makes these chips the world’s first mobile 3D processors.
The tablet version of the Tegra 3 chip will run at speeds up to 1.5 gigahertz, support Blu-ray video and screen resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels. The phone version of the Tegra 3 will be available in quad or dual-core varieties and support displays up to 1366 by 768 pixels in resolution, something most often seen in laptops around 13 inches
Looking at 2013 and beyond, Nvidia is working on the Maxwell generation described as the “first end-product using Project Denver,” resulting in a significant performance increase over Kepler architecture. Nvidia hopes the high-end Maxwell chip will go down in history as the world’s first consumer solution that will effortlessly run full-blown operating systems from companies such as Microsoft and Google entirely off a GPU core. Note that Nvidia abandoned its work on a Fermi-powered Linux build.
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