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Foxconn's Tegra 2 tablet a "generation ahead" of iPad

updated 09:45 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010

NVIDIA reference tablet much faster

NVIDIA tonight showed a reference tablet design that it hows shows the potential of its dual-core Tegra 250 chipset. The design, made by Foxconn, should be a "generation ahead" of the iPad as it runs at the same 1GHz clock speed but uses a newer ARM Cortex-A9 architecture that's theoretically 25 percent more powerful per core than the iPad's Cortex-A8. The design has about 1GB of RAM, or four times as much as Apple's tablet.

While its screen and overall profile are smaller than the iPad at 8.9 inches, the design is compact enough inside to carry a front camera and a pair of USB ports.

Representatives for NVIDIA told Gizmodo the tablet was running a version of Android and showed a pair of sample games as examples of its performance, although the OS itself wasn't shown. It used a capacitive multi-touch screen and so was likely to be running Android 2 or later.

Either Foxconn or one of the companies that uses it as a contractor is expected to ship a production version of the tablet eventually, but when wasn't mentioned. Other companies are due to use the Tegra 250 by the end of the year, such as the ICD Ultra and Notion Ink Adam. The Nintendo 3DS and other, smaller hardware may use some variant of the processor as well.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nothing but filthy lies. Everyone knows anything equipped with an Apple logo cannot be beat.


  1. davester

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will it blend?

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's A Reference Tablet

    As in "Please news media - please reference this!"

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A reference to Foleo? Courier?

    Extremely impressive vaporware. Just don't lose it in a bar. It would be embarrassing if nobody bothered to pick it up and disassemble it.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    design. whateva

    designs are pretty. but give me a product. or at least a product date. by the time "eventually" rolls around, someone (Apple included) could have out a tablet that is way better than this design.

    that lack of date is what is killing all these other guys. the average consumer wants now. not some time. they see the ipad they say 'i'll wait for that other thing'. they say this maybe 3 or 4 times and then they think 'you know, maybe i'll just look' do this once or twice and then they are hooked. they get the ipad. and 6 months later then that Slate thingy comes out, they don't even notice

  1. facebook_David

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    Joined: May 2010


    comment title

    impressive, but until you can walk in and buy one, it's still a unicorn.

    as steve says, "real artists ship"

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gentlemen, start your engines...

    Yawn. How many years now? Still no iPod killer, still no iPhone killer, so I won't be holding my breath for an iPad killer. It's the ecosystem, stupid.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another Gizmodo exclusive

    Guys this is not vaporware, Nvidia has already sold $5000 worth of product.

  1. philomath777

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nvidia and Apple

    So how is Stevie going to respond to this supplier of graphic chips for Macs? Will this end up like the Google scenario? ATI, time to come knocking...

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's see now...

    It's "a generation ahead" of the iPad, but it doesn't even exist. It does all this stuff, but there isn't a prototype that can show it. It might be produced eventually, but nobody knows when. And if it's not produced, at least something vaguely similar, but smaller, might be.

    I'm impressed - I guess the iPad is doomed.

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