At the recently concluded CES 2011, nVidia’s Tegra 2 wowed us with its impressive computing capabilities. Unsurprisingly, nVidia is already working on its next chip for handheld devices – Tegra 3. Nvidia’s general manager of mobile business, Michael Rayfield, hinted to Hexus that Tegra 3 might be announced at the Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to be held next month.
We have already seen the huge performance boost that Tegra 2 can deliver. Although the specs for the upcoming Tegra 3 chips are not available, expect similar leaps in performance from it. The rumors going around suggest that it will have a quad-core GPU and a dual-core CPU (ARM A9).
Modern chip fabrication process has reached a level of sophistication that makes it possible to pack in tremendous amount of processing power on even on the tiniest of boards. Tegra 3 will probably use a 28nm fabrication process. However, the biggest bottleneck for mobile computing is likely to be power storage. Batteries have simply not been able to keep up with the rapid improvements in other hardware components. The challenge for the manufacturers is to ramp up performance without requiring additional power. Ultimately, this will be the factor that will determine how quickly we will see quad-core and octa-core chips appearing on our mobile phones and tablets.