Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D unveiled

A deep throat has leaked an image of Nvidia’s Mobile World Congress presentation to TechEye – giving a glimpse of what the jolly green goblin has in store for punters and handset makers this year.

Nvidia will be shipping a Tegra 2 3D processor this year, intended for use in mobile gadgets featuring a 3D screen. The new Tegra 2 3D will be based on a Dual Cortex A9 clocked at up to 1.2 GHz, offering 5520 MIPS. According to the slide, Nvidia will start churning them out some time in the first quarter.

It can be reasoned coming mobile handsets will offer a Master Image TN-LCD display using cell parallax, a technology using the individuals cells to create a 3D effect instead of a parallax barrier, as Nintendo will be using in its 3DS console.

Tegra 2 3D

TechEye spoke to Master Image at this year’s CES and the company claimed OEMs have got the hots for its tech thanks to the high yields of over 99 percent and the manufacturing process. 

Master Image’s Roy Taylor, a former green goblin, also explained looking at a mobile or a tablet basically kills peripheral vision, allowing the 3D effect to work its magic. It’s the same in the cinema because one is plonked in front of a large screen, yet also thanks to the glasses.

Actually, its the shutter glasses which make 3D tellies function, thanks to them shutting out peripheral vision. Without the shutter glasses, the brain couldn’t cope all too well with all the real life surrounding a telly with a fixed position. Taking a glimpse to the right or left would make things all wobbly and warbly. Tablet and mobile phone users will be staring at a 3D screen and always move it around in line of sight, inside the viewing cone.

This is the reason one can call Nvidia’s Tegra 2 3D the real deal. It will be hitting smartphones and tablets this spring, offering new ways of earning money for companies and their shareholders, while consumers trade in their wages for pleasure and cheap thrills to be had without leaving the sofa.

Upcoming 3D tablets and phones will also pose a difficulty to Nintendo and its 3DS console, as well as Apple and its current generation of iPhones, iPods and iPads. Master Image itself has already shown off a Hitachi handset offering a slide-up 3D display.

Nintendo won’t be hit so hard thanks to its strong heritage – kids, as well as some grown-ups, will love playing Mario, Zelda and third-party titles such as Resident Evil in 3D, as well as watching 3D movies on the console, such as “How To Tame Your Dragon” and “Guardians of Ga’hoole”.

Orthopedists will also love the 3DS as a ton of new patients will soon be complaining of neck and shoulder pains. After all, the 3DS has to be held in the correct angle for the 3D effect to work. Perhaps some users will simply turn the 3D effect off as soon as they realise it causes the pain of the season.

Nintendo’s 3DS will also be hitting the market first, namely in March, making it attractive for early adopters and scores of Nintendo-obsessed kids who haven’t discovered the joys of sex yet.

Apple however will suffer, as consumers will find themselves wondering why on earth they ought to shell out close to 1000 euro for a handset with a defect antenna if they can have a handset from another maker offering 3D.

This will especially be the case if a competing unit will feature a motion sensor. Master Image is currently collaborating with two partner companies on rolling out a platform offering a cell parallax screen combined with a motion sensor.

This would make a holographic chess game as seen in Star Wars possible by laying a tablet or a phone on a table and simply picking around in the air. Now why buy an iPhone 4G if a competitor can offer that? Especially if Lucasarts were indeed to churn out a Star Wars chess game for Android-based 3D handsets.

Nvidia’s Tegra 2 3D holds the promise of being a game changing platform in the mobile arena, much to the detriment of Intel, whose Atom simply can’t compete in terms of energy nor graphical performance. It seems trying to shut Nvidia out of the world of netbooks backfired, a sign of imperial hubris, letting Chipzilla fall flat on its face in a new, infant market.