What is Tegra 3?
Tegra 3 is a System-on-Chip (SOC) developed by Nvidia and released in 2011 for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, mainly from the Google Android product line. Also known as the mobile hardware platform, the Tegra 3 SOC is the main competitor of the A5X platform or SOC, Apple's version for iOS devices.
The SOC comes with an Nvidia graphics processing unit (GPU) that supports HD gaming and 1080p video playback.
It also comes with Nvidia's 4-Plus-One technology. This relates to its quad-core CPU and a fifth core: the so-called battery saver CPU core.
The quad cores run at 1.4 GHz and 1.5 GHz for single-core applications. Memory support is up to 2 GB of RAM. The platform is also known for its long battery life thanks to the battery-saving CPU core that handles light tasks.
The Tegra 3 SOC is included in tablets and smartphones that run on Google's Android operating system. Before its official release on November 8, 2011, it was known as "Project Kal-El". Nvidia boasts that the Tegra 3 offers up to three times the performance of the Tegra 2 in graphics and consumes 61 percent less energy.
Nvidia GM Mike Rayfield said that Nvidia will support 30 different smartphones in 2012 with the Tegra 3.