Dual-core smartphone processors: passe. Quad-core smartphone processors: the new standard in mobile performance.
Leaked pictures of the HTC Edge — purportedly the first smartphone to run on NVidia’s yet-to-be announced Tegra 3 processor — surfaced on Monday. As PocketNow.com reports, the new Tegra 3 sports four 1.5GHz cores, allowing the processor to simultaneously run multiple sets of program instructions.
Processor companies like Nvidia, Intel and AMD have long leveraged multi-core designs to mitigate diminishing gains in pure clock speed. So, for example, while it may be imprudent or technically infeasible to clock a mobile phone processor at, say, 2GHz for a variety of reasons, a company can roll out a multi-core chip at a much lower clock speed and still deliver faster performance (if not also improved power management).
Mobile operating systems and apps should be coded for multiple cores to take maximum advantage of workload distribution, but once they are, they really begin to sing.