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Snapdragon S4 benchmarks hint that Tegra 3 is in trouble

MrSeb (471333) writes | more than 2 years ago

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MrSeb writes "When Nvidia began talking about its next-generation Kal-El chip, the one that would eventually become the Tegra 3, it seemed like 2012 would be Nvidia’s year. Tegra 2 was Nvidia’s first ARM part to gain any real traction, but Tegra 3 was promising to solidify the company’s mobile presence with quad-core power. However, the more news that comes out about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4, the more it looks like Nvidia might have miscalculated. HTC’s One X Android phone is due to arrive in a few months, and it will be bringing with it the first Snapdragon S4 SoC. An AT&T employee who claims to be testing the HTC One X has posted some impressive benchmarks that show the dual-core device soundly beating the quad-core Tegra 3. The opposing point of view is that benchmarking tools don’t really take advantage of all four cores in Tegra 3 — but then again, neither do most regular apps. Really, with everyone else rushing to 28nm and the newer Cortex-A15 core (or Krait in Qualcomm's cast), it just looks like Nvidia made a poor judgment call by sticking with a quad-core 40nm Cortex-A9 design, even if it does have a 'companion core'..."
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