The fact that the Tegra 3 architecture doesn’t support LTE made Nvidia lose some nice opportunities, like being the SoC supplier for the North American edition of HTC One X (this will be released with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 inside).
But Nvidia seems to have learned its lesson, and is seemingly readying a new Tegra System on a Chip, which will be LTE-friendly.
Chinese website VR-Zone has it that Nvidia is planning no less than four different Tegra 4 SoCs, and wants to introduce them next year. Among those, only the one called “SP3X” will support LTE, using a quad-core (or 4-PLUS-1, as Nvidia puts it) ARM Cortex A15 configuration. The SP3X should debut in the third quarter of 2013. Before it, in Q1 2013, Nvidia will release the quad-core T40 Tegra 4, with a CPU clocked at 1.8GHz.
Of course, Nvidia hasn’t confirmed any of these four new SoCs yet, so for now let’s take this all with the proverbial grain of salt.
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