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NVIDIA Tegra 3

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The NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30) is a quad-core processor for tablets and smartphones that was introduced at the end of 2011. It features four fast clocked Cortex A9 cores and a fifth companion core clocked at 500 MHz to save power (4-Plus-1 architecture). The 5th core is manufactured with low power transistors and running on a seperate power plane.

The clock speed of the four cores can reach up to 1.6 GHz (depending on the version and core load). A single core can reach 100 MHz higher clock speeds (up to 1.7 GHz currently).

There are a many different versions of the Tegra 3 SoC currently used in smartphones (AP) and tablets (T), e.g.:
T30SL / T30L 1.2 / 1.3 GHz, 416 MHz GPU, 1333 MHz DDR3: Asus Transformer Pad 300, Nexus 7, Sony Xperia Tablet S
AP30 T30 T30s 1.4 / 1.5 GHz CPU, 520 MHz GPU, 1066 MHz LPDDR2 / 1500 MHz DDR3-L: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Acer Iconia Tab A510, A700, HTC One X, Toshiba AT270, AT 300, ...
T33: 1.6 / 1.7 GHz CPU, 520 MHz GPU, 1600 MHz DDR3: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700
AP33: 1.4 / 1.5 GHz CPU
T33A: 1.6 / 1.7 GHz CPU, higher clocked GPU and memory

The integrated Geforce ULP is similar to the version in the Tegra 2 and offers 4 more vertex shaders and some small improvements.

A bottleneck of the SoC is the 32 Bit memory interface altough it supports up to 2 GB DDR3-1600 / DDR3L-1500 / LPDDR2-1066.

The included video decoder is able to play back 1080p HD videos with a bitrate of up to 40 Mbit/s. It supports the codecs H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV and VC-1 (altough you need software like the Dice Player to use the hardware acceleration).

SeriesNVIDIA Tegra
CodenameKal-El
Clock Rate1200-1600 - 1300-1700 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology40 nm
Die Size80 mm2
Features12 core GeForce LP
GPUNVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3)
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date11/09/2011
Product Link (external)NVIDIA Tegra 3

Benchmarks

Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
min: 169     avg: 243.7     median: 266.5 (2%)     max: 316 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
min: 833     avg: 1131     median: 1153 (10%)     max: 1417 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
min: 302     avg: 2085     median: 2254 (4%)     max: 2842 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
min: 669     avg: 1189     median: 1200 (2%)     max: 1452 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
min: 609     avg: 1396     median: 1455.5 (4%)     max: 1817 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Multi Thread
min: 69.3     avg: 113.9     median: 107.3 (4%)     max: 166.7 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Linpack Single Thread
min: 37.16     avg: 46.8     median: 47.2 (5%)     max: 60.1 MFLOPS
Sunspider - Sunspider 0.9.1 Total Score *
min: 970     avg: 1574     median: 1736.5 (16%)     max: 2169 ms
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - Quadrant Standard 2.0 Total Score
min: 3495     avg: 4283     median: 4101.5 (9%)     max: 7249 points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor

 

Review HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef Tablet

Price-performance champion. HP renews its smallest tablet with the Slate 7 Plus. Inside we find an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and a 7-inch display with a resolution of ...
NVIDIA Tegra 3 | NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3) | 7.00" | 342 g
 

Review Palit Galapad 7 Tablet

Another newcomer.The manufacturer Galapad/Palit presents their first tablet to the market and gives it a rather unimaginative name. The hardware configuration i...
NVIDIA Tegra 3 | NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3) | 7.00" | 320 g
 

Review Fujitsu Stylistic M702 Tablet

Semi-outdoor-tablet. The Stylistic M702 is described by Fujitsu as "semi-ruggedized", and is both water and dust proof in accordance with IPX standards 5, 7 and...
NVIDIA Tegra 3 | NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3) | 10.10" | 590 g
 

Review Acer Iconia Tab A211 Tablet

Thick all-rounder. The Acer Iconia Tab A211 offers a multitude of ports and reliable hardware in a robust case. Will this tablet be a success or is it destined ...
NVIDIA Tegra 3 | NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3) | 10.10" | 770 g
 

Review Toshiba AT300SE-101 Tablet

Inexpensive remake. Between the release of the Toshiba AT300 and AT300SE there were just a few months. This can also be seen in the comparison of the technical...
NVIDIA Tegra 3 | NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3) | 10.10" | 625 g

Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T Tablet

HTC One X+: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review HTC One X+ Smartphone

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 11.60", 1.2 kg
  Review » Review Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Ultrabook

Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.5 kg
  Review » Review Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600 Tablet

Microsoft Surface RT: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.60", 0.7 kg
  Review » Review Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Lenovo IdeaPad A2109: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.00", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A Tablet

Sony Xperia Tablet S: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.40", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Sony Xperia Tablet S

Toshiba AT270-101: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.70", 0.3 kg
  Review » Review Toshiba AT270-101 Tablet

Acer Iconia Tab A700: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.7 kg
  Review » Review Acer Iconia Tab A700 Tablet

Fujitsu Stylistic M532: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Tablet

Google Nexus 7: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.00", 0.3 kg
  Review » Review Google Nexus 7 Tablet 8GB

Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet/MID

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Tablet/MID

Acer Iconia Tab A510: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.7 kg
  Review » Review Acer Iconia Tab A510 Tablet/MID

HTC One X: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review HTC One S vs. HTC One X (Tegra 3) Smartphone

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 Tablet/MID

Viewsonic VSD241: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 24.00", 7.2 kg
  External Review » Viewsonic VSD241

Medion Life X4701-MD 98272: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Medion Life X4701-MD 98272

HTC One X: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.1 kg
  External Review » HTC One X

HTC One X+: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.1 kg
  External Review » HTC One X+

LG Optimus 4X HD: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.70", 0.1 kg
  External Review » LG Optimus 4X HD

HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.00", 0.3 kg
  External Review » HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef

Toshiba Excite Pure AT10-A-104: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite Pure AT10-A-104

Toshiba Excite Pure: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite Pure

Toshiba AT270-100: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.70", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Toshiba AT270-100

Toshiba Excite 10 SE: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite 10 SE

Fujitsu Stylistic M702: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Fujitsu Stylistic M702

Acer Iconia Tab A211: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Iconia Tab A211

Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T

Asus VivoTab RT TF600T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Asus VivoTab RT TF600T

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 11.60", 1.2 kg
  External Review » Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Microsoft Surface RT: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.60", 0.7 kg
  External Review » Microsoft Surface RT

Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600

Lenovo IdeaPad A2109: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.00", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Lenovo IdeaPad A2109

Acer Iconia Tab A110: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.00", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Acer Iconia Tab A110

Sony Xperia Tablet S: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.40", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia S

Toshiba AT300-101: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba AT300-101

Google Nexus 7: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.00", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Google Nexus 7

Fujitsu Stylistic M532: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Fujitsu Stylistic M532

Acer Iconia Tab A700: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.7 kg
  External Review » Acer Iconia Tab A700

Toshiba Excite 10: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite 10

Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T

Toshiba Excite 7.7: unknown, 7.70", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite 7.7

Toshiba Excite 13: unknown, 13.30", 1 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Excite 13

Acer Iconia Tab A510: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.7 kg
  External Review » Acer Iconia Tab A510

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300

Lenovo IdeaPad K2: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Lenovo IdeaPad K2

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201: NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.10", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

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Other CPUs of the series Tegra

» Nvidia Tegra X1
   8x 2 GHz
» Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver)
   2x 2.3 GHz
» Nvidia Tegra K1
   4x 2.3 GHz
» Nvidia Tegra 4
   4x 1.8 GHz
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   4x 1.2 GHz - 1.3 GHz
» Nvidia Tegra 2 (250)
   2x 1 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Atom Z560
   1x 2.13 GHz
+ Intel Atom Z550
   1x 2 GHz
+ Apple A6
   2x 1 GHz
+ Intel Atom x3-C3130
   2x 1 GHz
+ Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad
   4x 1.4 GHz
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   4x 1.2 GHz - 1.3 GHz
- Apple S5
   2x
- Mediatek MT8127
   4x 1.5 GHz
- Mediatek MT6589T
   4x 1.5 GHz
- Mediatek MT8389
   4x 1.2 GHz
- Mediatek MT8125
   4x 1.2 GHz
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