by Will Park

Popular Science magazine today bestowed their coveted Best of What’s New Award in the Gadgets category on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, calling it an “Android Life Saver”.

Tegra 2 is helping to reshape the notion of what a mobile device can do. It’s done its part to usher in a new wave of mobile devices pushing high performance yet consuming little power. These new super phones and tablets come from some of the world’s largest device makers and now serve as gaming consoles, music players, video players and much more.

Tegra 2 is shipping in over 60 phones in 70 countries, and in more than 20 tablet models available in 60 countries. You’ll find it in such popular devices like the T-Mobile LG G2x, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Sony Tablet S and Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

Thanks to its multi-core processor design and GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 devices are also redefining mobile games. They are capable of delivering more realistic and immersive games through Tegra Zone – games with real-time physics, higher-resolution textures and smoother gameplay. And, if you have a compatible device, you can even play these games on a big screen TV with a full-size game controller.

 “For 24 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of whatʼs possible in the future.” said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of Whatʼs New Award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

Read more about Tegra 2 on PopSci’s website. If you’d like to peruse the rest of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New 2011  lineup, click this link.

Do you own a Tegra device? We’d love to know which device you own and how you use it in the comments below.