NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Almost Finished

Posted by at 10:44 pm on September 21, 2010

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, speaking at the company’s Technology Conference, has announced that the Tegra 3 platform is nearly finished. The executive also suggests NVIDIA engineers are already working on Tegra 4, while a new Tegra SoC is expected to be unveiled “every single year.”

The Tegra platform has shown limited success in the electronics marketplace, with the Samsung M1 and Zune HD media players being earlier adopters.   While the Tegra CPUs were aimed for the smartphone markert, the first  smartphones to use the chips were  the Kin One and Kin Two.   Both were discontinued after a few weeks of dismal sales.   Price of data plans, OS features and Microsoft internal politics were to blame for the KIN market failure, not the Tegra platform.

Boxee recently announced that it had dropped Tegra 2 in favor of Intel’s Atom processors for the Boxee Box.   The swithc was made made so the Boxee box could support one the one video codec at 1080P resoluation.

On the bright side, Toshiba has confirmed plans to launch a Tegra 2-based Android tablet.   LG’s Optimus smartphones, due by the end of the year, will also take advantage of Tegra 2 components.

NVIDIA has yet to announce specifications or launch details for its Tegra 3 chips.

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