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Nvidia may be taking its time entering the DirectX 11 market, but it reportedly tied up 500 engineers and $600 million to develop the second-generation Tegra, and is prepared to cash in on the "year of the tablet" with various firms "lining up" at the company's door, according to Tech Eye's inside source.
The system-on-a-chip was supposedly very difficult to produce, and contains eight independent processors, including dual ARM Cortex A9 cores. It's about four times faster than its predecessor, handling up to six hours of Internet video streaming, 12 hours of stored HD content, 140 hours of music, 3D graphics, and Adobe Flash. The chip was demonstrated running Unreal Engine 3, which powers games like BioShock, Mass Effect, and Gears of War.
It's believed that MSI's upcoming tablet will use the Tegra 2, but Tech Eye's source says "every major PC maker will be including Tegra in its tablet line-up this year," including Dell.