NVIDIA Tegra 3 Makes For Fast Ubuntu On ARM

2012-Mar-17 | Tags: benchmarknvidiaubuntu

Linux on ARMHere are the first set of Phoronix.com benchmarks of the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3. Needless to say, four Cortex-A9s combined with NVIDIA graphics leads to a fairly fast ARMv7 experience when running Ubuntu Linux.

NVIDIA recently sent over their Tegra 3 "Cardhu" developer tablet to work on the Phoronix Test Suite and some related ARM Linux benchmarks. While I have my hands on the hardware, I've also begun running up some Tegra 3 benchmarks on Phoronix.com, while Cardhu benchmarks have long already been available from other independent users on OpenBenchmarking.org. The results in this article are just the start of my Tegra-3/Cardhu benchmarking. I'll also be working on a Tegra 3 test suite and some other items for the Phoronix Test Suite with the tablet, so stay tuned as the ARM support continues to become more compelling.

NVIDIA's Cardhu developer tablet to show off the Tegra 3 processing power as well as the NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The tablet has 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 1366x1536 display. There's also a docking station available, which NVIDIA did send over as well, that offers up two standard USB ports, HDMI output, and a Realtek RTL8168 Gigabit Ethernet port. It's quite nice working with the developer tablet and easier to deal with than say the bare PandaBoard/BeagleBoards. The only complaint about the Cardhu tablet is needing to remove the back cover to access a connector for interfacing with the debug board.

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