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NVIDIA’s DirectTouch architecture is now supported by Synaptics and other companies.
Yesterday, Nvidia announced that its DirectTouch technology is now officially supported also by Atmel, Cypress and Synaptics, which joined N-Trig, Raydium and Focaltech. Nvidia’s DirectTouch architecture offloads some of the touch processing onto Tegra 3′s processor cores, offering a more responsive touch support, while also reducing power consumption.
NVIDIA officially renamed its Tegra 3 CPU architecture to 4-Plus-1.
Yesterday, Nvidia announced that the Tegra 3 processor (with vSMP technology) architecture from now on (days before the Mobile World Congress) will be having a new trademarked name. The Kal-El quad-core processor with a “companion core” or a “ninja core” will now be called officially the 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture.
What will Nvidia offer, so as to keep the lead?
Watch, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and Co-Founder of Nvidia Corp., speaking with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television, about the future of tablet devices, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich, Windows 8 on ARM powered devices, technology, and how Nvidia will manage to keep the lead against Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Nvidia’s Kal-El Tegra 3 processor and its “Companion” core (or the “Ninja Core”) on Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
Not long ago, when Tegra 2 and dual-core processors were being discussed, they were assumed to be power hungry, not useful for mobile devices, and Nvidia proved that as untrue, after the launch of its Tegra 2 platform.
And now, the Kal-El processor implements NVIDIA’s new Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP) technology, which includes a fifth processor core or the “Companion” core. That core is built using a special low power silicon process that executes tasks at low frequency, while the four main quad cores are built in a standard silicon process to reach higher frequencies and consume less power than previous dual core processors. All five cores are identical ARM Cortex A9 processors, individually enabled and disabled based on the work load, via aggressive power gating.
Nvidia is preparing for its next generation 28nm GPUs for tablets and super phones.
NVIDIA’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) engineers are cooperating for the past two years with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to bring to market the next generation of Nvidia’s GPUs based on 28nm process technology, designed with a focus on performance per watt.
The result of this collaboration between the ATG and TSMC will soon deliver an amazing gaming experience through Nvidia’s GeForce GTX products (28nm processors) and will enable a new level of creativity through the Quadro products.