But Sony's NGP PlayStation--due this holiday season--makes the engines in those devices--even the rumored iPad 2--seem slow by comparison.
Here's Sony's "Next Generation Portable Entertainment System" spec sheet in all of its tersely worded alphanumeric glory: "CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)...GPU: SGX543MP4+"
Translation: an advanced ARM central processing unit (CPU) with four processing cores and an equally advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) from Imagination Technologies, also with four cores.
"That's pretty leading edge," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group, a chip consulting firm. "We're starting to see some other quad-core, and [Nvidia's] Tegra 3 is supposed to be quad-core," he said. Nvidia's Tegra 3 is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month.