Asus To Tackle iPad 2 With Quad Core Tablets

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Asus is set to release tablets based on Nvidia's Quad Core Tegra 3 system on chip according to industry sources who have talked to Taiwanese news outlet, Digitimes.

Although no timeframe has been provided, it is likely to happen before the end of the year if Asus is to stick to its aim of shipping more than two million tablet PCs by the end of the year.

Nvidia has committed to aggressively improve its Tegra line and the jump in the number of cores appears to be the way forward rather than a mere increase in clock speed.

Asus already has one tablet on the market, the Eee Pad Transformer, which has won kudos for being affordable compared to competitors like the iPad 2, Motorola XOOM and Acer Iconia, and offering a cheap docking station that can convert it to a notebook while doubling its battery life.

The Taiwanese giant will also release tablet devices based on Intel's Atom microprocessors although we're not sure whether they will be using the current Oak Trail Atom model or some future ones.

Asus has two more tablets lined up for the three months starting in May with the Eee Pad Slider EP102 and the Eee Pad MeMo EP71.

The first one is a 10-inch device powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2, the same as the Eee Pad Transformer, whereas the MeMo is a 7-inch device that uses a Qualcomm system on chip.