NVIDIA introduces Tegra 3 for smartphones with 4-plus-1 quadcore processor

nVIDIA were the first to introduce a quadcore processor to the consumers with the ASUS Transformer Prime, and now it has become first to introduce them on smartphones too. At MWC 2012 which is going on right now, there are many devices which are being powered by nVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Quadcore processor including HTC’s One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, ZTE Era, K-Touch Treasure v8 and Fujitsu’s smartphone.

The Tegra 3 quadcore processor is based on a 4 plus 1 architecture which features five Cortex A9 processors with NEON support clocked at 1.5 GHz, and the fifth processor will act as the battery saving core, it will come into action when the other cores are not functioning and hence reducing the battery consumption. It is because of this architecture that nVIDIA named it 4 plus 1. It also comes with a 12 core GPU which gives 5 times the performance of the Tegra 2 dual core processor, which is quite impressive.

The main features of this quadcore processor are:

  • 4 Plus 1 architecture which reduces battery consumption and increases battery life
  • Great graphic performance while playing games and also Tegra Zone for Tegra 3 compatible games, it also supports  stereoscopic 3D