Report: Asus is cooking up a Tegra 3 tablet


— 6:00 AM on May 5, 2011

Though Nvidia's Tegra 2 is only just beginning to show up in iPad competitors, it's easy to forget that the chip was introduced over a year ago—and that its successor is right around the corner. In fact, DigiTimes reports that "industry sources" already expect Asus to unleash a Tegra 3-based tablet.

Code-named Kal-El, Tegra 3 is scheduled to hit production in August. Slides posted by VR-Zone suggest Nvidia is gearing up for a fall release, and the site speculates that Asus could be one of the first vendors out the door with a matching tablet ready as early as September. DigiTimes' report doesn't get into a time frame for the device, but a little speculation is always fun.

Tegra 3 promises to be quite a step up from Nvidia's current system-on-a-chip. It will have four cores (twice as many as Tegra 2), and Nvidia has shown that the upcoming SoC's graphics component can play back HD video across a 2560x1600 display. The company has teased a five-fold increase in overall performance, too.

With the availability of Asus' Eee Pad Transformer reportedly delayed until mid-June, I wouldn't be surprised if some potential buyers consider waiting a little while longer for the system's Tegra 3-based successor. Of course, there's no guarantee that machine will be widely available at launch, either. Such is the bane of being a consumer in this market.

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