I’m not sure who coined the phrase first, but those “Chuck Norris quad-core processors” that everyone likes to joke about on Twitter could make their way into Android devices sooner than you think.
Buried inside NVIDIA’s multi-core whitepaper from yesterday was an interesting note that quad-core CPUs are coming “in the near future”. If you remember the public comments from NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, he said that Tegra 3 is almost done and Tegra 4 is being built right now. “Every single year, there will be a new Tegra”.
We don’t know what NVIDIA’s definition of “in the near future” means, but if dual-core Tegra 2 CPUs are arriving right now then it makes perfect sense that Tegra 3 (or Tegra 4) could move to a quad-core architecture and be available within the next year.
So if you just purchased a new Android phone and were sad about missing out on the first wave of dual-core devices, just remember that something more awesome is always around the corner and quad-core CPUs should be available by the time your contract expires.
Dual-core processors will be the standard in 2011, and quad-core is coming in the near future.NVIDIA whitepaper