Nvidia Slides Show Tegra 3 Coming In H2 2011

Nvidia is bringing its short product cycles to the mobile market and is already planning to introduce the world's first mobile quad-core processor before the end of the year.

The same Tegra product roadmap slide (courtesy of BSN) that showed the Tegra 2 3D also contains details about the T30, the direct successor to the T20, the current Tegra 2.

The T30 is said to be a quad-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at up to 1.5GHz and capable of offering 13.8GIPS, three times the performance of the Tegra 2.

Nvidia is assuming that the performance will scale linearly as the number of processors and clock speed grows. The T30 will have graphics performance thrice that of the Tegra 2 3D, which will apparently use the same Geforce core as the T20.

The T30 will also include a Ultra Low Power (ULP) CPU mode; we suspect that it will be similar to Qualcomm's one in that it will allow each core to be clocked independently from each other.

Apart from the fact that it will be able to decode Blu-ray flawlessly and will support full HD, samples of the T30 are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2011.

By then, Nvidia expects tablets to come with full HD resolution and smartphones to have an HD ready (1366x768 pixels) resolution.