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Nvidia Unveils Prototype Tablet With A Four-Core Tegra Processor

Graphics-card manufacturer Nvidia has unveiled a prototype tablet PC powered by an advanced four-core version of the Tegra processor.

The company also revealed that tablets based on the new Tegra processor will hit the market sometime in September.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, while responding to reporters at the Computex trade show held in Taipei, announced that almost 10 million units of their existing Tegra 2 dual core processor will have been shipped by June’s end, PC World reports.

The four-core Tegra processor will help the company boost its performance in the cut-throat mobile processor market, which is dominated by ARM-based processors offered by vendors such as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm.

The Tegra 2 dual-core processor has been featured in LG Optimus, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Acer Transformer.

Huang also demonstrated the capabilities of the quad-core chip, code-named Kal-El with the help of a prototype tablet designed for the purpose. According to Mr. Huang, the Kal-El powered tablets will be introduced in the world-wide market in September; smartphone counterparts are expected to debut towards the end of the year.

"Kal El will do everything the Tegra 2 can do but at lower power," bragged Huang.