Nvidia Tegra 2 3D and quad-core Tegra 3 chips rumored for later this year
At this very moment, Nvidia doesn’t mean much for the smartphone market.
Its first-generation Tegra chip powers handsets like the short-lived Microsoft Kin One and Two, while smartphones based on the new Tegra 2 (like the LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix 4G and Motorola Bionic) have not been released yet.
Of course, with the launch of the just-mentioned dual-core smartphones, Nvidia will give major chip makers (Qualcomm included) a run for their money.
But the current Tegra 2 is just the start of what seems to be a very promising future for Nvidia.
If the roadmap pictured below – appeared over at Bright Side of News – is to be believed, Nvidia plans to launch a Tegra 2 3D chip this spring.
The Tegra 2 3D chip will allow hardware makers to introduce phones and tablets with 3D displays (LG G-Slate, anyone?).
Later this year, sometime in the fall, a Tegra 3 chip should be introduced. Apparently, this will be based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU at 1.5GHz, providing support for 1366 x 768 pixels smartphone displays, and 1920 x 1200 pixels tablet displays.
Exciting times are ahead, that’s for sure. Let’s wait and see how all this pans out, and if Nvidia manages to launch the new chips in due time.