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Nvidia Planning Quad Core Processors For 2011

Semiconductor giant Nvidia seems to be betting on ARM in the mobile market as a whitepaper published by the company hints at the introduction of Nvidia quad core processors using on the technology from the Cambridge-based company.

The document, which can be found here, suggests that the Tegra 3 is almost ready and the development of the Tegra 4 is already under way with Nvidia's CEO suggesting that there will be a new Tegra processor every year, not unlike what happens in the graphics segment.

The Tegra 2 already features in the Advent Vega tablet and includes two ARM processor cores together with a GeForce graphics core.

Nvidia promises that dual core processors will run at least twice as far than their single core counterpart and significantly faster than the competition which will include models from Marvel, TI and Qualcomm.

A quad core processor would require a thinner manufacturing process, probably down to 28nm, in order to keep power dissipation and consumption to a minimum.

We'd suppose that quad core processors would have a starting speed of around 1GHz which would put allow them to directly compete with dual core models clocked at 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz.

However, the issue of having to rewrite old code to use multi-core processors remain and the mobile market may learn a few tricks from what happened in the desktop x86 market.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.