Texas Instruments to shrink smartphone business

By on September 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM.

Texas Instruments to shrink smartphone business

Texas Instruments Mobile OMAP Processor Business

Texas Instruments (TXN) on Tuesday revealed plans to shift its focus away from its mobile processor business and target broader markets such as industrial clients in the car industry, Reuters reported. The company sees its processor growth slowing, although it is still profitable, and is looking to expand in order to maintain growth. In recent years, Texas Instruments has lost ground in the wireless industry to rivals Qualcomm (QCOM) and NVIDIA (NVDA), both of which also produce mobile processors. The company will continue to support its customers, however it will not invest in supporting future roadmaps to the same degree as before. More →

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4G LTE compatibility for NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 coming soon

By on May 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

4G LTE compatibility for NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 coming soon

Tegra 3 4G LTE Compatibility

NVIDIA on Thursday announced that its Icera 410 LTE multi-mode data modem for tablets and clam shell devices has been validated for use on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. “Validation with AT&T is an achievement that paves the way for NVIDIA Icera-powered LTE devices on the AT&T network through this year and next,” said Stan Boland, senior vice president of Mobile Communications at NVIDIA. The Icera 410 LTE modem offers 4G LTE connectivity of up to 50Mbps alongside HSPA+, 3G and 2G connectivity. NVIDIA’s modem is the company’s latest step toward bringing LTE and Tegra 3 compatibility to smartphones. So far, manufacturers have been forced to scrap NVIDIA’s quad-core processor in devices bound for LTE networks in the U.S. Read on for NVIDIA’s press release. More →

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NVIDIA’s Kai strategy aims to make $199 quad-core Android tablets a reality

By on May 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

NVIDIA’s Kai strategy aims to make $199 quad-core Android tablets a reality

NVIDIA Kai 199 Android Tablets

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang previously mentioned that more Tegra 3-powered tablets would be coming to the market this summer, starting at the low price of $199. At the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting last week, vice president Rob Csonger revealed Kai, a plan to democratize its quad-core Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip. NVIDIA is looking to offer tablets that are more powerful than Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but that will be offered at the same low price point. “Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai,” he said. “So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.” More →

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NVIDIA’s mobile GPUs to surpass Xbox 360 performance by 2014

By on April 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

NVIDIA’s mobile GPUs to surpass Xbox 360 performance by 2014

NVIDIA sees its mobile system-on-a-chip graphics solutions surpassing the performance of the Xbox 360 in the coming years. A new graph the company shared with AnandTech highlights the performance of Tegra chips in comparison to those found within PCs and gaming consoles. The solid lines are estimated performance, while the dotted lines are trends. NVIDIA estimates that at some point in 2013, mobile graphic performance will match the Xbox 360 and by 2014, mobile performance will surpass that of the Xbox 360. Of course processor performance is hardly the only piece of the puzzle when it comes to gaming, and Microsoft and Sony will each have new consoles on the market in 2014. More →

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NVIDIA CEO says $199 Tegra 3 tablets will launch this summer

By on March 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

NVIDIA CEO says $199 Tegra 3 tablets will launch this summer

Following rumors of a $199 Google-branded tablet, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said he believes that more Tegra 3-powered tablets will be coming to the market this summer at the same low price. By removing things like expensive memory, a $199 tablet is quite feasible, Huang said. Amazon’s immensely popular Kindle Fire tablet — which shipped with just 8GB of storage and no cameras — is available at the $199 price point and managed to capture 14% of the tablet market in its debut quarter. Huang has been left disappointed with the development of Android, however, and he believes Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform could make a real dent in the tablet market. “Android hasn’t developed as I’d hoped,” he told the The New York Times. “For many people, though, work is still the primary reason to have a computer. They want Windows to work well, they want Outlook to work well. A tablet running Windows 8 with Tegra could be very nice.” More →

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NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

By on March 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

During Apple’s press event on Wednesday, the Cupertino-based company took direct aim at NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, claiming its own A5X chip delivers four times the performance. The company neglected to show hard evidence to support its claim, however. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA, told ZDNet that while it was “certainly flattering” to be mentioned by Apple, the performance claims are unfounded without more data. “We don’t have the benchmark information,” Brown said. “We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.” When Apple’s new iPad goes on sale on March 16th, NVIDIA plans to run tests in order to determine whether or not Apple’s claims hold water. “At some point it will become more clear what the performance really is,” Brown concluded. “For now, Apple has a really generic statement.” More →

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LG announces the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD

By on February 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

LG announces the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD

LG on Thursday unveiled its first quad-core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. The handset features a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Optimus 4X HD will also come equipped with 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 2,150 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera a and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. “LG introduced the world’s first Dual-Core smartphone exactly one year ago and today we’re announcing the next milestone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile. “But speed in itself isn’t what makes LG Optimus 4X HD unique, it’s the benefit we’re bringing to customers with the HD multimedia experience in a mobile form factor.” Even with a quad-core processor, the phone is expected have impressive battery life thanks to NVIDIA’s  “4-PLUS-1″ design, which uses a fifth “companion core”  for low processing activities and allows the phone to save battery life. The Optimus 4X HD will make its debut at next week’s Mobile World Congress. Read on for LG’s press release. More →

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NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphones to ship this quarter, says CEO

By on February 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM.

NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphones to ship this quarter, says CEO

During NVIDIA’s earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told investors that quad-core Tegra 3 smartphones would ship this quarter. “This quarter we are expecting to ship Tegra 3 based superphones,” Huang said. “At Mobile World Congress is when we expect to announce these devices, and we expect to announce and ship them this quarter.” The company also announced that its 3G/4G LTE system on a chip will be coming to devices sometime this year. The current generation of LTE phones and tablets use radio chips that are separate from the processor, however numerous companies are looking to integrate LTE into a single chipset. “We will have shipping modems this year, hopefully sooner than later,” Huang said. NVIDIA looks to compete with Qualcomm, which plans to soon release an integrated 4G LTE Snapdragon chipset. More →

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Apple prepping updated Mac Pro with NVIDIA graphics, report claims

By on February 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM.

Apple prepping updated Mac Pro with NVIDIA graphics, report claims

Apple may be switching back to NVIDIA for the upcoming Mac Pro’s primary GPU, according to an anonymous source speaking with MIC Gadget. The new Mac Pros will reportedly feature Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chipset, which features 22 nanometer transistor technology and is more efficient than the previous Sandy Bridge processors. The site also suggests that the Cupertino-based company has been testing new processors with 8 cores and 20MB of cache. The overheating issues that have plagued previous models have been solved thanks to the 30% increase in heat dissipation efficiency afforded by Intel’s new chips. For graphics in the new Mac Pro, Apple has reportedly chosen NVIDIA’s “Kepler” platform, which is set to be released around the same time as Intel’s new CPUs. Apple is expected to launch its refreshed Mac Pro line in the third quarter this year, MIC Gadget stated. More →

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon GameCommand looks to compete with NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone

By on January 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon GameCommand looks to compete with NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone

One of the many reasons to buy an NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered device is support for Tegra Zone, NVIDIA’s exclusive gaming portal. Qualcomm is looking to combat the feature, however, and the company announced its own gaming portal on Thursday dubbed the Snapdragon GameCommand. Similar to Tegra Zone, GameCommand will have exclusive content that offers Snapdragon-optimized games for Qualcomm-powered devices. The app will initially only be available in North America and will be released in the Android Market on January 10th. Will we also see an O-Zone for OMAP-optimized games pop up soon? One can only wish. Read on for Qualcomm’s press release. More →

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HTC to unveil quad-core 4G smartphones at MWC

By on January 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

HTC to unveil quad-core 4G smartphones at MWC

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is less than a week away and while HTC has plans to announce multiple devices with various carrier partners, the Taiwan-based vendor is seemingly saving its more powerful smartphones for next month. JPMorgan Chase analyst Alvin Kwok wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday that HTC plans to unveil multiple smartphones powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor at Mobile World Congress in February. The handsets will also include Qualcomm’s MSM 8906 4G LTE chipsets, Taiwan-based financial newspaper Commercial Times quoted Kwok as having said. BGR exclusively reported details surrounding the upcoming HTC Edge smartphone, a quad-core Android phone set to be announced at MWC in February. HTC is also expected to unveil the HTC Ville, a dual-core handset thinner than Apple’s iPhone 4S, at next month’s show. While a number of analysts are forecasting a slow year for HTC, Kwok believes the vendor’s shipments will grow 15% in 2012 and 29% in 2013. More →

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Lenovo may unveil quad-core Tegra 3 tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich this year

By on November 14, 2011 at 11:45 PM.

Lenovo may unveil quad-core Tegra 3 tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich this year

Lenovo may unveil a tablet powered by Google’s brand new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system by the end of the year, Engadget has learned. Reportedly, the device will also utilize NVIDIA’s brand new quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, arguably the most powerful mobile processor currently available. The tablet will also reportedly be equipped with a 10.1-inch display, 2GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, a fingerprint scanner that may also be used as an optical controller, a rear-facing camera and a USB port. The device is said to tout a “Fusion-Skin Body” as well, though we’re not quite sure what that means. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear an official announcement in the coming weeks if Lenovo wants its new tablet on store shelves in time for the holidays. More →

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NVIDIA officially unveils quad-core Tegra 3 chip [video]

By on November 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM.

NVIDIA officially unveils quad-core Tegra 3 chip [video]

NVIDIA has finally announced its quad-core ARM Cortex A9 Tegra 3 processor, previously codenamed “Kal-El,” that will deliver “PC-class performance” for tablets and smartphones. NVIDIA said the new chip will offer 3 times the graphics performance of its dual-core Tegra 2 chip and it will consume up to 61% less power. If a user is listening to music or using a phone in a way that does not demand a lot of power, the new chip will automatically throttle down to use a companion core. Once a user fires up a game, browses the Web, or performs a task that needs the extra power, the Tegra 3 processor disables the companion core and activates all four processing cores. In addition to the four cores and the companion core, Tegra 3 also has a 12-core GeForce graphics processing unit with support for stereoscopic 3D, new video engines for playing 1080p HD video and more. NVIDIA said Tegra 3 is in production now and one of the first products to ship with it will be the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Read on for the full press release and a video that shows off the chip’s gaming capabilities. More →

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