Nvidia Tegra 2 hailed as Honeycomb CPU of choice
Google OS tablet reference design?
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 will run on Nvidia's Tegra 2.
So says Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung, by way of Barron's, who last week told investors that Samsung has “placed a sizeable order with Nvidia for Tegra 2 chips in the first half of 2011, geared for both tablets and smartphones”.
Yeung went on to claim that the Nvidia ARM-based system on a chip - which was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) almost a year ago - forms the basis for the reference platform Google is testing Honeycomb - aka Android 3.0 - against. Honeycomb is expected to bring tablet-specific support to the Google OS.
Right now, Honeycomb isn't expected to debut until late Q1 2011. Whenever Honeycomb debuts, it puts Nvidia in a strong position to supply all the vendors awaiting Honeycomb in order to release their own tablet offerings.
That's probably why Ambrish Srivastava, a chips analyst with BMO Capital Markets, said last week that he expects Nvidia to power a number of tablets in 2011, according to a report by Forbes.
"Nvidia is clearly emerging as one of the top design wins,” he told investors after a trip to Asia's technology centres. ®
same hardware as the £200 advent vega.
But which of the fanbois would pass up their beloved 3.x/4.x iOS and put Android on their fondle-slabs? I thought the argument for the extra price margin and (questionable) build (antenna, et al) was why they picked the iPhone in the first place...
True, but not really what I was getting at
It looks like a tablet platform may be developing; ARM + PowerVR.
Should be good for developers if Apple and Google have similar reference platforms, and they are the two main players until Microsoft get a proper tablet UI.
There is an opportunity to get Android onto Apple hardware as all those iPhones come off contract and get passed on.
Thanks for the info :-)
RE: Hmm, Tegra seems virtually identical to Apple A4
"apart from that, the ARM core and OpenGL 2.1/Direct X 10 graphics hardware is pretty much what Apple packs into an A4."
Incorrect. Tegra 2 is expected to deliver 71 million triangles per second vs Apples 28 million triangles per second for the A4.
Hmm, Tegra seems virtually identical to Apple A4
Although the Tegra 2 can come in dual core versions - apart from that, the ARM core and OpenGL 2.1/Direct X 10 graphics hardware is pretty much what Apple packs into an A4. Just saying.....
I have been wondering when a pointy clicky 'Unlock my iPhone/iPad and put Android on it' distribution would appear? There is a lot of legacy Apple kit out there now to target for 'upgrade' to Android.