Amazon tablet to start mass production from Q1 2012
Amazon has already made a contract with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to handle the orders for the 10inch tablet by Amazon. This model is to be powered by Nvidia’s Kal-El system-on-a-chip (SoC) as reported by DigiTimes publication. According to them, Amazon will start mass producing these devices by the first quarter of 2012.
So far we know that this 10inch model is code named as Hollywood according to Digitimes. The processor used, the Kal-El, is a successor of the current Tegra 2 chip and it features no less than four processing cores based on the ARM Cortex A9 architecture, which are clocked at 1.5GHz, as well as 12 graphics cores with support for 3D video.
This configuration will be able to provide up to five times the speed of the dual-core Tegra 2 SoC, making Kal-El one of the fastest ARM-based chips around according to Nvidia. Apart from its high processing speed, the Tegra 3 integrated graphics will also support a series of advanced features such as anti-aliasing and will be able to support a video up to a resolution of 2560 x 1600pixels.
All these features will be available at the same amount of power as Tegra 2, as Nvidia introduced a series of optimizations meant to keep power consumption in check. Other than this Hollywood tablet, Amazon is also working on the development of a 7inch slate that is expected to be hitting the market of Taiwan by this October and it is manufactured by Quanta Computers.