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Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to demonstrate a tablet based on Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra 3 "Kal El" system-on-chip at Microsoft Corp.'s Build developers conference this month. The demonstration will showcase how an SoC with four ARM cores can handle Microsoft's next-generation Windows 8 operating system.

"This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," a source with knowledge of Samsung plans told Korea Economic Daily, reports AFP news-agency.

In case the unofficial information about the tablet is correct, then it will not be only the first time of a close collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung, but between Microsoft, Samsung and Nvidia Corp., whose quad-core Tegra 3 "Kal-El" SoC powers the slate, according to ZDNet. Moreover, the tablet will likely be the first device of such kind in the world with a quad-core SoC.

Unfortunately, given the fact that Microsoft Windows 8 will not be available for several quarters from now, the demonstration to be held at Build will only be a proof-of-concept, not something one could buy in stores. For Nvidia, it means that it will be the first company in the world to demonstrate a quad-core ARM application processor for Windows 8 (and probably Andoid). For Samsung it means that it is ready for Windows 8. For Microsoft it means that there is "untraditional" ARM hardware that can handle Windows 8 operating system.

According to Strategy Analytics, the market for applications processors in tablets is growing rapidly. ARM-based processors accounted for 95% of total tablet applications processor shipments in Q1 2011. In non-Apple tablets, Nvidia held 34.4% unit shipment share in Q1 2011 and in Q2 2011 that share probably grew. With Tegra 3 "Kal El" out by the end of the year, Nvidia will have chances to solidify its positions.

Nvidia Kal El the system-on-chip (SoC) is based on four Cortex-A9 application cores, will feature a GeForce graphics processor with twelve stream processors and will have a new display and video engines capable of supporting Blu-ray disc video playback and stereo-3D graphics output. Other capabilities and clock-speeds of the novelty are not known previously. The chip developer claims that the new chip outperforms Nvidia Tegra 2 by up to five times.

Microsoft, Nvidia and Samsung did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Samsung, Microsoft, Nvidia, Tegra, Kal-El, Windows 8, Windows

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will quad-core make tablets lighter, or last longer, or be cheaper? those are the things customers want (in ascending importance.)
0 0 [Posted by: markhahn  | Date: 09/08/11 05:53:37 PM]
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Probably not cheaper, its likely price will remain the same. As for lighter - its just a processor (well, SoC). It doesn't have any significant amount of weight. However, technology will definitely have advanced in these tablets, since they are second-gen tech (speaking of Android -but the same apps to MS). Hence, they'll be lighter and thinner.

Also, they WILL get better battery life. Quad-core professors are actually more efficient than dual-core.

However, I'm much more concerned with the performance gains. A dual-core Tegra chip could never handle Windows 8; this thing will be amazing. Way more powerful.
0 0 [Posted by: Walkop  | Date: 09/08/11 09:18:01 PM]
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From the article:

"For Nvidia, it means that it will be the first company in the world to demonstrate a quad-core ARM application processor for Windows 8 (and probably Andoid)." emphasis mine

Someone needs a fact checker. The Kal-El a.k.a Tegra 3 has been demoed running Android at Computex in June 2011. It is also very possible although unconfirmed that during Computex when Microsoft demoed Windows 8 on ARM it was on a Tegra 3 tablet as well.
0 0 [Posted by: Darkseider  | Date: 09/09/11 09:15:10 AM]
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