NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor: Development
In case many of you don’t know what Tegra actually means, it is a ‘system’ on a mini chip. The idea was to integrate CPU (main processor), GPU (Graphics Programming Unit), core chipset including other processors and memory controller all on a single chip. Although the initial Tegra processor failed to capture much attention the release of the 4x faster Tegra 2 begins the next generation of smartphones.
Here dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 is the main CPU, clocked at 1GHz, which is made powerful with two cores for smoother, more efficient multitasking. This makes response time faster, which in turn translates to better speed and performance with many tasks.
For a better, console-like experience, NVIDIA Tegra 2 comes with the power of the ULP (Ultra-low Power) GeForce GPU which makes your gaming experience awesome. For 3D gamers there can be no better news: you can play 3D games with a highly-reponsive 3D user interface. Support for OPENGL applications is also integrated for robust performance.
The chip also features 1080p Video Playback and Video Encode Processors which facilitate watching 1080p HD movies on your HDTV through HDMI technology along with full video recording and conferencing capabilities. Not only that, ISP (Image Signal Processor) is integrated for a better photographing and video recording experience. This enables support for up to 12 megapixel cameras. The audio processor facilitates continuous 128kbps MP3 playback on a single battery charge.
Along with other multimedia processors, NVIDIA Tegra 2 also integrates an ARM7 Processor to support system management and battery life extending functions. The Global Power Management System monitors the hardware activity constantly and ensures that your supporting device keeps running even at the lowest power levels.