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May 30 2011   10:44PM GMT

Nvidia Quad-Core Tegra Will Turbocharge Tablets

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

I am the first to point out that hardware specs don’t make the tablet. Most of the rival tablets coming out beat the Apple iPad, and even the iPad 2, in terms of the hardware components, yet the iPad continues to be the superior tablet because Apple managed to develop iOS specifically to maximize the efficiency of the tablet, and Apple delivers a better experience overall.

That said, when tablets start hitting the street with these quad-core Tegra chips from Nvidia, it could be a bit of a game changer. The video that Nvidia released to demonstrate the power of the quad-core Tegra focuses on a game with a rolling ball and lighting effects. The point, though, isn’t necessarily to demonstrate the ball-rolling game, but to illustrate that if the chip can smoothly render a demanding game like that, imagine what it can do with regular old Web surfing, or email.

Microsoft is expected to demonstrate the tablet version of Windows 8 this week. I know I wouldn’t mind seeing how Windows 8 runs on a tablet armed with one of these processors.

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