As usual, Apple has broken new ground with the iPad and now it’s time for the competition to weigh in. One of the newest competitors is the Motorola Xoom tablet, which is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile application processor/SoC running Honeycomb—the latest, tablet-tuned version of the Google Android OS. The Tegra 2 SoC, in turn, is based on two ARM Cortex-A9 application processor cores cranking away at 1GHz each plus an 8-core graphics processing unit (GPU) developed by Nvidia running a 1280×800-pixel screen. To get all that into the chip, Nvidia relied on a 40nm process. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 with its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors typifies the sort of advanced SoC being designed today. For an in-depth review of the Motorola Xoom, click here.
Steve Leibson, EDA360 Evangelist