Forget quad-core, Nvidia is rocking 4-PLUS-1
23rd Feb 2012 | 10:31
Fifth core will help boost battery life
Nvidia has revealed further information on its new Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor providing a name for the five-core setup it actually uses.
If you're already familiar with the Tegra 3 chipset you'll know that it has a "companion (or ninja) core" along side the main four processors.
Nvidia has now confirmed it's officially calling the set up 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture, providing customers with an easy to use name.
Buy four, get one free
This new structure allows the Tegra 3 chip to provide "both exceptional processing power and great battery life" – as the main four cores take the grunt of the demanding tasks while the fifth deals will low power, less strenuous tasks.
Expect the Tegra 3 to appear in handsets and tablets beyond MWC 2012, as manufacturers look to get maximum power while conserving precious battery life.
We will be visiting MWC 2012 in Barcelona to get the latest from Nvidia and the phones which are packing its Tegra 3 processor.