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NVIDIA Tegra 3

NVIDIA 3

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)
Announcement Date11/09/2011
Product Link (external)NVIDIA Tegra 3

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 5688     avg: 6236.7     median: 6276 (4%)     max: 6639 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 169     avg: 243.7     median: 266 (2%)     max: 316 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 833     avg: 1131     median: 1153 (10%)     max: 1417 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 302     avg: 2085     median: 2254 (6%)     max: 2842 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 669     avg: 1189.2     median: 1200 (4%)     max: 1452 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 609     avg: 1395.9     median: 1455 (6%)     max: 1817 Points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
min: 69     avg: 113.9     median: 107 (4%)     max: 166 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
min: 37     avg: 46.8     median: 47 (5%)     max: 60 MFLOPS
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score *
min: 970     avg: 1573.7     median: 1736 (16%)     max: 2168 ms
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 1084     avg: 1196     median: 1196 (16%)     max: 1308 Points
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0
min: 3495     avg: 4282.8     median: 4101 (9%)     max: 7249 points
AnTuTu v3 - CPU
min: 5141     avg: 6173     median: 5783 (38%)     max: 8550 points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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