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NVIDIAs Quadcore-Prozessor Tegra 3 setzt neue Standards im Mobile Computing

 
 

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Der unter dem Codenamen „Project Kal-El“ bekannte Tegra-3-Prozessor bietet im Vergleich zum Tegra 2 eine dreifach höhere Grafikperformance und einen bis zu 61 Prozent geringeren Energieverbrauch. Dies ermöglicht eine Akkulaufzeit von bis zu zwölf Stunden bei der HD-Videowiedergabe.

Der Prozessor Tegra 3 basiert auf der neuen, zum Patent angemeldeten Technologie „Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing“ (vSMP). vSMP bietet einen fünften CPU-Kern für Anwendungen, die weniger Rechenleistung erfordern. Die vier Hauptkerne hingegen sind für Aufgaben konzipiert, bei denen eine hohe Performance vonnöten ist. Sie verbrauchen weniger Energie als Dualcore-Prozessoren.

Bei Anwendungen mit niedrigem Ressourcenverbrauch wie Musikhören, Abspielen von Videos oder dem Updaten von Daten werden beim Tegra 3 die vier Performance-optimierten Kerne abgeschaltet und der fünfte Kern, der sogenannte „Companion“-Kern, verwendet. Bei High-Performance-Anforderungen wie dem Web-Browsing, Multitasking oder Gaming wird umgekehrt der fünfte Kern deaktiviert.

Tegra 3 enthält auch eine neue NVIDIA-GeForce-GPU mit zwölf Kernen, die hochauflösende, realistische Darstellungen sicherstellt und 3D-Stereo-Unterstützung bietet.

„NVIDIAs fünfter Companion-Kern ist genial“, sagt Nathan Brookwood, Research Fellow bei Insight 64. „Die vSMP-Technologie schont die Akkulaufzeit von mobilen Geräten bei weniger rechenintensiven Anwendungen, kann aber auch Performance liefern, wenn sie gebraucht wird.“

„Das Eee Pad Transformer Prime ist ein bahnbrechendes Produkt. Mit Tegra 3 wird eine neue Ära des Mobile Computing eingeläutet, in der Quadcore-Performance und eine hervorragende Energieeffizienz nie dagewesene Möglichkeiten schaffen. Mit dem Transformer Prime hat Asus die Industrie in ein neues Zeitalter überführt“, sagt Jen-Hsun Huang, President und CEO von NVIDIA.

Jerry Shen, CEO von ASUS, betont: „Tegra 3 ist ein Wunderwerk. Die Quadcore-CPU, die 12-Kern-GeForce-GPU und die vSMP-Technologie sind revolutionär. Wir haben eng mit NVIDIA zusammengearbeitet, um ein einzigartiges Tablet zu entwickeln: das Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Es bietet dem Anwender ein außergewöhnliches Erlebnis.“

Marek Rabas, CEO von Madfinger Games, erklärt: „Die Quadcore-CPU des Tegra 3 ermöglicht bei Shadowgun das beste Spieleerlebnis. Anwender werden die für Quadcore-optimierte Shadowgun-Version lieben – sie bietet Wassersimulationen in Konsolenqualität, Partikeleffekte, verbesserte Shader oder dynamische Texturen.“

Mit dem neuen Tegra-3-Prozessor bieten sich Millionen von Spielern auf mobilen Geräten nun Möglichkeiten wie auf einer Gaming-Konsole, da er einen vollen Support für Gamecontroller bietet. Gamer können anspruchsvolle Spiele entweder auf ihrem Tablet oder Smartphone nutzen, oder diese an ihren HDTV-Fernseher übertragen. NVIDIAs 3D-Vision-Technologie wird auch unterstützt – OpenGL-Applikationen werden automatisch in Stereo-3D konvertiert. Über HDMI 1.4 können 3D-TVs angeschlossen werden, der Anwender kann so 3D-Inhalte auf einem großen TV-Bildschirm genießen.

Der Tegra-3-Prozessor bietet:

  • Schnelles Web-Browsing – mit einem beschleunigten Adobe Flash Player 11, HTML5 und WebGL-Browsing sowie eine Javascript-Engine
  • Beschleunigte Applikationen – mit hoher Performance bei Multimedia-Apps und Foto- oder Videobearbeitung
  • Schnelles Multitasking – für den Wechsel zwischen unterschiedlichen Anwendungen
  • Schnelles Gaming in hoher Qualität – einschließlich der für Tegra 3 optimierten Spiele in der NVIDIA-App Tegra Zone wie Shadowgun, Riptide GP, Sprinkle, Big Top THD, Bladeslinger, DaVinci THD oder Chidori.

Highlights des neuen Prozessors im Überblick:

  • Weltweit erste Quadcore-CPU ARM Cortex A9
  • Neue, zum Patent angemeldete vSMP-Technologie, die einen fünften CPU-Kern mit geringerer Taktfrequenz und Energieaufnahme bietet
  • GeForce-GPU mit zwölf Kernen, die die dreifache Grafikperformance des Tegra 2 und Stereoscopic-3D-Unterstützung bietet
  • Neue Video-Engines mit Unterstützung von 1080p-Video mit einer Datenrate von 40 Mbps
  • Bis zu dreifach höhere Speicher-Bandbreite
  • Bis zu doppelt so schneller Image Signal Processor.

Bis Ende 2011 werden etwa 40 Tegra-optimierte Spiele verfügbar sein. Gegenwärtig werden auch rund 15 Tegra-3-Spiele für die Tegra Zone, NVIDIAs kostenlose Android-Market-App, entwickelt.

Der Tegra-3-Prozessor befindet sich momentan in der Produktion. Das Tegra 3 Developer Kit steht Entwicklern von Applikationen für Geräte mit Tegra-Prozessoren wie Tablets oder Smartphones unter developer.nvidia.com/tegra zur Verfügung.

Quotes:
NVIDIA, ASUS

  • “The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is a category-defining product. Powered by Tegra 3, it launches us into a new era of mobile computing, in which quad-core performance and super energy-efficiency provide capabilities never available before. With Transformer Prime, ASUS has once again led the industry into the next generation.”
    - Jen-Hsun Huang, President and Chief Executive Officer, NVIDIA

  • “Tegra 3 is a marvel. Its quad-core CPU, 12-core GeForce GPU and vSMP technology are revolutionary. We worked closely with NVIDIA to build the ultimate tablet – the Eee Pad Transformer Prime – that delivers a magical, uncompromised experience to consumers.”
    - Jerry Shen, CEO at ASUS

Key Game Developers

  • “Thanks to Tegra 3’s quad-core CPUs, Shadowgun looks and plays the best on Tegra. Consumers are going to love the quad-core Shadowgun version – which features rag doll physics, console quality water simulation, particle effects, enhanced shaders, dynamic textures, and more.”
    – Marek Rabas, CEO of Madfinger Games

  • Riptide GP showed how Tegra brought mobile gaming on Android to new heights.  Tegra 3's quad-core performance has allowed us to add a whole set of exclusive new features -- improved water visuals, splash effects, motion blur -- that pushes the experience to an entirely new level.”
    - Matt Small, Creative Director at Vector Unit

  • “Working with NVIDIA makes the impossible possible. Our Tegra 3 optimized game DaVinci THD will look brilliant when it comes out, with mind-blowing 3D graphics and intuitive touchscreen interface. DaVinci THD will leverage Tegra 3 for its multi-threading capabilities, so we can scale across all four CPU cores and deliver the ultimate console-quality performance. As a result, DaVinci THD will be more realistic, interactive and challenging than anything we’ve done before.”
    - Kijong Kang, VP and Executive Producer at Bridea Corporation

  • "Combining BitSquid's tech engine with Tegra 3's quad core architecture means a gaming experience like no other. Gamers are going to really see the next-generation gaming experience in Hamilton's Great Adventure THD."
    - Martin Wahlund, CEO at Fatshark

  • “With Tegra 3, NVIDIA has shattered the usual constraints on the quality of mobile device experiences. By enabling tablets and smartphones to operate at an exceptional level, it allows developers like Zen Studios to create console-quality experiences that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime. The quad-core fueled graphics and physics in Zen Pinball THD are simply incredible and represent the premier mobile pinball experience. You can only get that on devices built on Tegra 3.”
    - Mel Kirk, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Zen Studios

  • “Quad-core chips are raising the stakes for mobile gaming. With Tegra 3, we can render even more content with better animations on Bladeslinger THD – all while consuming less power. This is a recipe for all-day game play.”
    - Sam Williams, General Manager at Luma Arcade

  • “Tegra 3 is making much more complex gaming environments possible on mobile platforms. Gamers are going to be amazed by the level of graphical detail and realistic physics that come through in quad-core enhanced games like Soulcraft THD.”
    - Karsten Wysk, CEO of Mobile Bits

  • “As we’ve seen on Big Top THD, gaming performance on Tegra 3’s quad-core architecture is unmatched. From the high quality shadows to improved tent animation and high-dive splash effects, Tegra 3’s 12-core GPU delivers the best gaming experience and uses the lowest power you’ll see on a mobile device.”
    - Robert Troughton, CEO at Pitbull Studio Ltd.

  • “Tegra 3’s quad-cores bring out the best in our Substance smart texturing engine. The CPU and GPU parallel processing allows mobile game developers to add never-seen animated visual effects and textures to their games, translating into an absolutely stunning visual experience on mobile.”
    - Sébastien Deguy, CEO and Founder at Allegorithmic

  • “Tegra 3’s quad-core processor and 12-core GPU allows developers to port PC and console game titles using BitSquid Tech for the same great experience on any device. From a hard-core gamer’s customized PC to a phone or tablet with Tegra, you’ll get identical game play and buttery smooth graphics, anywhere any time.”
    - Tobias Persson, Co-Founder and Rendering Architect at BitSquid Tech

  • "We're excited to bring the definitive version of Siegecraft to Tegra 3.  Its amazing graphics performance and quad-core scaling let us amp up the game to the max - more physics, more units, more Siegecraft!"
    - Benjamin Lee, Managing Director at Blowfish Studios

  • "Thanks to Tegra 3's fantastic GPU performance we were able to use the same quality textures in Zombie Driver THD as on the PC. The outstanding quad-core CPU performance makes it possible to support Tegra game development in parallel to other high-end platforms."
    - Pawel Lekki, Chief Operating Officer at Exor Studios

  • “Quad-core technology has changed how we approach mobile game development. Tegra 3 helped us create Jett Tailfin Racers THD - an eight-player game with the highest resolution textures, underwater caustics and anisotropic shading we’ve ever seen on a mobile device.”
    - Manny Granillo, President at Hoplite Research

  • “Mobile gaming is about to take a huge leap forward with Tegra 3. Its GPU gives us access to higher-resolution textures and far better effects. And its four CPUs make Euphoria’s gameplay smoother, more interactive and quality that’s close to a console.”
    - Keiichi Yano, Co-Founder and VP of Development at iNiS

  • “It’s incredible what Tegra 3’s quad-core architecture bring to mobile gaming. As good as Combat Arms looks on a tablet, it looks 1000 times better when you connect it to your HDTV, strap on game controllers and sit back to enjoy a real 3D console-gaming experience with Combat Arms: Zombies THD.”
    - Albert Rim, CEO at Nexon Mobile Corporation

  • "With the Tegra 3 processor, NVIDIA is once again painting new horizons for technology on wireless platforms. We’re excited to see how the thousands of developers using Unity to create interactive 3D content will take advantage of the extra power that NVIDIA’s quad-core technology provides.”
    - Tony Garcia, Vice President of Business Development at Unity Technologies

  • “Tegra 3 is equivalent to a console game machine, and we believe devices with it will play an important part in next-generation games.  We’ve been working on optimizing our cross-platform engine Chidori to fully support Tegra 3. To support Tegra 3’s multi-core engine, we’ve optimized our 3D effect tool. And we’ve adapted our high-quality shader library, Aoi, to Tegra 3, allowing truly beautiful imagery.”
    - Katsunori Yamaji, CEO and Executive Producer at Premium Agency Inc.

  • “By harnessing the strength of Tegra 3’s 12-core GPU in our multiplatform middleware, game developers can easily port titles to Tegra 3 and achieve true console-quality graphics. Tegra 3's quad-core architecture and Orochi's multicore-enhanced, game-engine technology is going to spur the evolution of games on quad-core mobile devices.”
    - Takehiko Terada, President and CEO at Silicon Studio Corporation

  • “We’re totally pumped by the potential of Tegra 3’s quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. They’ll bring console-quality experiences to mobile devices, and we’re working to bring an amazing title to the Tegra platform. Stay tuned for our announcement of a great Tegra 3-optimized title in the coming months.”
    - Richie Casper, Creative Director at Acquire Corp.

  • “NVIDIA’s GPU architecture delivers the best gaming experience, bringing true console-quality games to mobile devices. Our Lost Planet 2 test demo makes it clear - the quad-core muscle of Tegra 3 brings hyper-realistic visuals, smooth frame rates and sharp images. The result is a whole new level of realism to content for smartphones and tablets.”
    - Jun Takeuchi, Deputy Head of Consumer Games at Capcom

  • "Tegra 3 is a huge leap forward in mobile computing. Using its quad-core capabilities, we were able to improve all of Sprinkle’s visual effects, plus add a whole new layer of smoke simulation."
    - Dennis Gustafsson, Co-Founder of Mediocre

  • "We’re floored by everything we’ve seen in Tegra 3.  Its four cores, coupled with amazing graphics performance, will let us bring awesome gaming experiences to the Tegra platform next year.”
    - Carlo Perconti, CEO at HyperDevBox

Key Content Partners

  • "Flash-based apps packaged with AIR allow content creators to deliver premium gaming and video experiences, while HTML5 apps built with PhoneGap enable fantastic, general-purpose mobile apps. We continue our close partnership with NVIDIA to ensure that these visually rich, highly-interactive apps can significantly benefit from Tegra 3's enhanced CPU and GPU horsepower."
    - Jennifer Carr, Senior Director, Business Development at Adobe

  • “We’ve been developing multimedia applications on Tegra 3 for some time now. The quad-core processing muscle will allow some new apps and use-cases that consumers are going to love.”
    - George Tang, General Manager and VP of the Video and Entertainment Group at ArcSoft

  • “Tegra 3’s quad-core performance makes a huge difference for photo and augmented reality apps. Our Photaf Panorama Pro THD app runs more than 40% faster, and Face Costume gets over 60 percent speedup over comparable dual-core processors. Quad core opens up new possibilities for future application development, especially in the field of computer vision.”
    - Oren Bengigi, CEO at Bengigi Studio

  • “Tegra 3 gives us the quad-core horsepower to really push the envelope on cool video editing effects, smooth video playback, augmented reality camera and other challenging applications. With Tegra 3, we’re delivering real-time compositing and preview of simultaneous 1080p HD streams and graphics on a mobile device – that’s amazing.”
    - Alice H. Chang, CEO at Cyberlink

  • “Seamless, compelling Augmented Reality (AR) experiences demand that all of the pieces of a mobile device work together. Metaio’s AR software requires optimized mobile hardware to make the way we access digital information a more natural experience. Tegra 3 delivers the multi-core CPU performance required for advanced vision processing while bringing a tremendous boost in GPU performance. Working with Tegra’s software stack will make it possible for us to utilize all of those capabilities towards building an Augmented World.”
    - Dr. Thomas Alt, CEO at metaio

  • “Tegra 3’s combination of HD video playback performance and extended battery life will give Netflix members a fantastic experience as they watch movies and TV episodes streaming from Netflix via their Android devices.”
    - Bill Holmes, Vice President of Business Development at Netflix

  • “Tegra 3 gives us the horsepower we need to bring a PC-quality photo editing experience to mobile devices through applications like Snapseed, by Nik Software.”
    - Michael Slater, President and CEO at Nik Software

  • “By collaborating with NVIDIA, we are able to bring advanced multi-touch and pen capabilities to the tablet market, providing the Android user with a smoother and richer user experience, and enhancing the tablet from a basic consumption device to one that offers more personal and creative capabilities. The processing strength provided by Tegra 3’s additional cores will enable application developers to dedicate CPU cycles to UI processing and provide an enriched pen solution for artistic, enterprise and educational applications.”
    - Amichai Ben David, CEO of N-Trig

  • “The tablet and mobile device market are exploding and productivity applications are central to this growth. As the most widely distributed mobile office software, we are excited to partner with NVIDIA to take advantage of the enhanced capabilities inherent in the Tegra 3 quad-core chip to bring continued innovation in the marketplace."
    - David Halpin, VP of Engineering at Quickoffice

  • “Splashtop plus Tegra 3 offers users an unparalleled cross-device experience. Splashtop enables sharing content among smart phones, tablets, and TVs, and combined with Tegra 3’s quad-core processing muscle, it can support 30 frames-per-second video with extremely low latency – perfect for games and multimedia!"
    - Mark Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of Splashtop

  • "WebGL is being rapidly adopted on HTML5-capable desktop, laptop and netbook systems, and now NVIDIA is helping to bring WebGL to Android. Tegra 3 delivers an incredible level of performance -- the four cores provide the multi-threading horsepower needed to drive a complete browser stack including highly interactive 3D."
    - Ken Russell, Chair, WebGL Working Group

  • “Tegra already provides the fastest platform for silky smooth magazine reading on Android. The quad-core capabilities of Tegra 3 will help us further accelerate and enhance the complete browsing, downloading and reading experience.”
    - Vandan Parikh, Director, Reading and Mobile Technologies at Zinio

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) hat mit der Einführung der Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) im Jahr 1999 einen Meilenstein in der Computergrafik gesetzt. Heute basiert eine Vielzahl von Produkten auf NVIDIA-Prozessoren: von Smartphones bis zu Supercomputern. Die Mobilprozessoren von NVIDIA werden in Mobiltelefonen, Tablets und in Infotainmentsystemen im Automobilbereich eingesetzt. PC-Gamer schwören auf NVIDIA-GPUs, die für spektakuläre Spielewelten sorgen. Professionelle Anwender nutzen sie in der Filmindustrie für die Realisierung visueller Effekte. Und Forscher setzen auf High-Performance-Computer mit NVIDIA-GPUs, um in der Wissenschaft neue Dimensionen zu erschließen. NVIDIA hält mehr als 2.100 Patente weltweit. Weitere Informationen unter www.nvidia.de.



 
 
 
 
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