updated 09:45 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010
NVIDIA reference tablet much faster
NVIDIA tonight showed a reference tablet design that it hows shows the potential of its dual-core Tegra 250 chipset. The design, made by Foxconn, should be a "generation ahead" of the iPad as it runs at the same 1GHz clock speed but uses a newer ARM Cortex-A9 architecture that's theoretically 25 percent more powerful per core than the iPad's Cortex-A8. The design has about 1GB of RAM, or four times as much as Apple's tablet.
While its screen and overall profile are smaller than the iPad at 8.9 inches, the design is compact enough inside to carry a front camera and a pair of USB ports.
Representatives for NVIDIA told Gizmodo the tablet was running a version of Android and showed a pair of sample games as examples of its performance, although the OS itself wasn't shown. It used a capacitive multi-touch screen and so was likely to be running Android 2 or later.
Either Foxconn or one of the companies that uses it as a contractor is expected to ship a production version of the tablet eventually, but when wasn't mentioned. Other companies are due to use the Tegra 250 by the end of the year, such as the ICD Ultra and Notion Ink Adam. The Nintendo 3DS and other, smaller hardware may use some variant of the processor as well.