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Nvidia Renames Tegra 3's Ninja Core '4-PLUS-1'

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We'll admit that 'Ninja Core' isn't exactly descriptive...

If you're a tech enthusiast, you've no doubt heard all about Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. In fact, there's a good chance you also know that, though this chip has four CPU cores for handling demanding tasks, like gaming, there's also a fifth, low-power, battery-saver core that takes care of processing less strenuous tasks your mobile device is faced with on a day-to-day basis, such as email or standby mode. Up until today, this fifth core was generally referred to as the Ninja Core, or the less awesome 'companion core' moniker. The official term for this architecture is "Variable Symmetrical Multiprocessing".

Still that's a bit of a mouthful, and vSMP doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, either. This week, Nvidia announced that it has officially renamed Tegra 3's architecture "4-PLUS-1". So what was wrong with Ninja Core? Or Companion Core?

"The reason is that, the more popular this technology became, the more our customers wanted a name for it that’s unique and descriptive," explained Nvidia's Michael Rayfield. "A name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value."

That name is 4-PLUS-1, and Nvidia has promised it won't be changing the name again.

" [...] while Prince Rogers Nelson initially changed his stage name to Prince and then to TAFKAP (the Artist Formerly Known as Prince) when he took up a symbol combining elements of male and female symbology, 4-PLUS-1 is here to stay," said Rayfield.

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    NapoleonDK , February 23, 2012 7:33 PM
    Companion Core should have stayed. It always gave me soft, warm, fuzzy feelings inside while I underwent strenuous physical, mental, and psychological evaluations...you monster.

    /They see me testin', they hatin'.
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    qhoa1385 , February 23, 2012 7:49 PM
    People used to hate the name "Windows 7"... look at it now
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    shardey , February 23, 2012 7:20 PM
    Ninja core was a terrible name to begin with, now 4 plus 1?

    How about 4 +1/2 ?
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    RipperjackAU , February 23, 2012 7:33 PM
    shardeyNinja core was a terrible name to begin with, now 4 plus 1?


    At least it wasn't called the "Wii U". They should have called the chipset "Fourplay". :p 
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    NapoleonDK , February 23, 2012 7:33 PM
    Companion Core should have stayed. It always gave me soft, warm, fuzzy feelings inside while I underwent strenuous physical, mental, and psychological evaluations...you monster.

    /They see me testin', they hatin'.
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    RipperjackAU , February 23, 2012 7:35 PM
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    when he took up a symbol combining elements of male and female symbology, 4-PLUS-1 is here to stay,


    So is he thinking of 4 guys and 1 girl? I think Rayfield has been hitting the gangbang porn sites a bit too much lately!
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    qhoa1385 , February 23, 2012 7:49 PM
    People used to hate the name "Windows 7"... look at it now
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    kronos_cornelius , February 23, 2012 10:47 PM
    They should call it the insomniac core because it works even when the table is sleeping.
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    monsta , February 24, 2012 12:47 AM
    RipperjackAUAt least it wasn't called the "Wii U". They should have called the chipset "Fourplay".


    Whats next Wii Me?
    Fourplay sounds good I must say LOL
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    _Cubase_ , February 24, 2012 1:39 AM
    *raises swords*
    Core 4 1 and 1 4 core!!
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    livebriand , February 24, 2012 3:20 AM
    It sure sounds ninja... lol
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2012 5:05 AM
    Reminds me of the ill-fated Commodore Plus/4... also known as the "Minus 60".
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    Sgt Moo , February 24, 2012 5:43 AM
    Nvidia reminds you that the Companion Core will never threaten to stab you and, in fact, cannot speak.
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    tomfreak , February 24, 2012 6:05 AM
    I keep wondering why cant they allow to run 5 cores all together if the TDP is allowed under full load, for example 4 core running on games, while the 5th slow core take care of various background services, OS.
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    blackened144 , February 24, 2012 2:13 PM
    I dont care what you call it, just release some products with this in it already!