Well, well, well, it seems like the race to provide the hardware needed to take tablets and smartphone processing today has just got a little more heated. Apparently not satisfied with the success of the Tegra 2 System-on-a-chip, NVIDIA decided to up the ante by demonstrating the power of its upcoming Tegra 3 SoC at the Computex Innovation Forum held at the Taiwan International Convention Centre today.
What do the words "Personal Computing for a new generation" mean to you, especially when it is NVIDIA which is delivering the aforementioned catchphrase? Well, for most enthusiasts, the first thing that comes to mind would probably be something along the lines of new graphics cards aimed at delivering the best possible performance at gaming, while the average consumer will probably be more interested in how the company is going to make its presence felt in the realm of portable computing devices such as smartphones and tablets.
As it turns out, the announcement made by NVIDIA today touches on both, although it was clear that the graphics developer sees the mobile market one to look out for. And the good news is that consumers who are looking for a mobile device that possesses enough raw processing power to replace entry-level PCs as their computing tool of choice will probably have much to look out for, as NVIDIA's senior vice president, Dan Vivoli, was just showing off the capabilities of its upcoming Tegra 3 SoC in the form of a working demo on their development platform. Unfortunately, Vivoli made no mention of any release dates, so there is no way to know when the first Tegra 3-powered devices will start arriving on the retail market.
In addition to their working demo for the Tegra 3 SoC, NVIDIA also announced the availability of two new products for the PC, first of which is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, a mobile graphics card which Vivoli has touted to be one that "hits the gamer's sweet spot" in terms of battery life and performance, thanks to the use of its Optimus technology.
The other product which was also announced today was the introduction of the wired 3D Vision glasses for the PC, which, according to Vivoli, will be available for retail at the price of US$99 and is confirmed to be compatible with Youtube's implementation of 3D Vision for its video streaming purposes.
Last but definitely not least, Vivoli also showed off what appears to be an FMV sequence from an unreleased game that makes use of the Unreal engine and is reportedly so detailed that it required the use of three SLI-ed NVIDIA GPUs in order to deliver decent framerates. Anybody wants to hazzard a guess as to what game this might be? No prizes for correct guesses, though.