Wednesday, March 18, 2015


          Smart Phone and Tablet Mobile Processors

Nvidia Tegra

Nvidia set its foot in the emerging ARM market with the release of Tegra. It integrates the ARM architecture with a CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and memory unit integrated into a single chip. Some of the models in Tegra series include Tegra APX series, Tegra 6XX series and Tegra 2.  In Nov 2011, Nvidia announced the first quad core processor, Tegra 3 making it the powerful processor in the category. Tegra 3 features an additional fifth core which will be used for processing functions that require less phone power, therefore saving battery life. The presence of multiple cores makes the processing quicker which result in smoother gaming experience. Tegra 3 is known for low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and games.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 

Snapdragon is the chip of choice for Windows Phone and preferred by manufactures like HTC and Nokia. Qualcomm’s dual core chip is highly efficient to the extent that while benchmarking, its performance stood almost equivalent to quad core. Another feature that stood out is efficient battery life which can be attributed to the chips design. The latest series S4 introduce latest quad core technology. With quad core variant of S4 recently introduced, this processor is going to rock smartphone and tablet market.

Samsung Exynos

Samsung from the beginning, was well known for manufacturing processors for other manufactures which includes A4, A5, A5X processors (designed by Apple, but fabricated by Samsung) for Apple devices. With the emergence of smartphone and tablet market, Samsung decided to create its own brand of processors. Some of the popular models are Exynos 3 single (included in Samsung Galaxy S), Exynos 4 Dual (dual core) and Exynos 4 Quad core (quad core). The latest Quad core is included in Samsung Galaxy S lll. Presence of quad core in Slll makes it easier to multitask, switch between applications and play HD videos smoothly and without any glitch. The future versions of Samsung devices will be equipped with this processor.