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NVIDIA CEO Huang confirms we will see quad-core tablets by the end of the year

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NVIDIA CEO Huang confirms we will see quad-core tablets by the end of the year
Sitting down to chat with Forbes, Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's President and CEO, confirmed that NVIDIA's quad-core chip, currently known as "Kal-El", will be under the hood, powering up some tablets before the end of this year. As far as smartphones are concerned, as we reported, Huang says not to expect a quad-core flavored cell phone until next year.

While NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core processor only graces the innards of high-end smartphones these days, currently totaling more than 100 million such equipped handsets shipped, Huang says that things will really start humming once NVIDIA starts to supply the low and mid-range handsets. The executive says that he will be happy to become a mainstream supplier to the market. Right now, the company controls 50% of the Android smartphone market and 70% of the Android tablet market. The outspoken President and CEO says that right now, when it comes to providing chips for high-end smartphones, the only serious players are NVIDIA and Qualcomm.

As we reported, NVIDIA's recently acquired baseband processor maker Icera. This should help it achieve the goal of spreading out to low and mid-end handsets. By Q2 next year, NVIDIA plans on offering a platform made up of Icera's technology integrated with NVIDIA's Tegra mobile processors. At present, NVIDIA's GPU unit brings in $4.5 billion, more than double the $2 billion for its mobile business. But by 2015, when NVIDIA could be shipping 1 billion mobile processors a year according to Huang, annual mobile revenue could be $20 billion vs. $7.5 billion for the GPU unit.

source: Forbes

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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:31

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


kal-el update.. awesome, its still on track


"nvida and qualcomm are the only serious players"?? Yea sure, if you forget OMAP and dont take into account that the champion, Exynos, is Samsung Exclusive. Maybe he meant "the only serious players in the low-middle end dual core segment".. lol.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:40 3

2. Codename Infamous (unregistered)


Dude be real the article states nvidia and qualcomm control th emajority of the market for dual cores devices. Exynos is only in the SGII and Texas Instruments market share is relatively small. I believe OMAP and exynos are better processors but the fact of the matter is they are more phones using nvidia and qualcomm dual core processors. For once I wish you had facts man facts.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:56 2

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im quite aware of the fact they are on the bulk of the phones... but when you say "serious players" to someone that isnt all techy, they are going to think that they mean that they are top end chips.. which they are not. As far as dual core chipsets go, they are the 2nd tier chipsets.

Walmart outsells grocery stores by the gazillions for food.. does that mean walmart has the best food? no.. heck, i wont buy meat or produce there because its normally gross, but ill take advantage of the cans n stuff :)

If he would have said "nvidia and qualcomm are DOMINATING the dual core market", I wouldnt have had issue with that..

its all about the wording man... the wording!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 22:15

5. Samk1234 (unregistered)


Well for one thing you can't even quote it right.

"when it comes to providing chips for high-end smartphones, the only serious players are NVIDIA and Qualcomm."

if i read this correctly i would assume the statement is true. the samsung exynos is a great chip but we know samsung only makes them for themselves. and well OMAP only phones i notice them in are lg and motorola.

next time learn how to read before you assume they meant something else.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:46

10. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh, im pretty sure I quoted the part that I felt was important correctly. Its not my fault if you cant follow along.

The OMAP chip was a bit late to the game which is why it isnt more common. If you look at the phones that are coming out though, a huge chunk of them are OMAP chips. The bionic, Nexus Prime, ect ect. That % that they touted is about to shrink dramatically because of it... Again, one of the reasons I took issue with the wording.

I love how i get attacked for having a difference of opinion on wording. Someone scratch your Huffy this morning? geesh

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:48

13. Samk1234 (unregistered)


remixfa someone needs to certify you as an idiot. if your going to quote something you cant take it out of context and change the perception of that statement.

other people who read your quote and go back to the article knows its talking about serious players in terms of market shares. you changed the perception of that quote to mean serious players in terms of cpu performance which i will agree with you samsung has the best mobile cpu right now.

if you wanted to have your own opinion dont take a quote from the article and take it out of context. thats why people are attacking you.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 23:31 2

6. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remixfa, you argue or employ logic like an idiot! Nvidia is a serious player because it supplies 50% of the android smart phone and 70% of the tablet markets. Neither Samsung or TI can match Nvidia's market share statistics, respectively.

All I can say it's so sad watching remixfa desperately grasping at straws.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:42 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow ardent, still giving yourself your only thumbs up huh. pretty sad really.

thanks for agreeing with me by the way. next time you try to call me out... make sure your disagreeing with me..

what a tooooooooooooool. lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 14:51 2

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


@remixfa, a NUMBER of people agreed you argue like an idiot. Again, it's not just me -- and you need to work on your reading comprehension problem.

I didn't agree with you -- I DISAGREED with you. Somewhere, a villiage is missing an idiot and remixfa should go home.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:46

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ardent-"Nvidia is a serious player because it supplies 50% of the android smart phone and 70% of the tablet markets."

me - "If he would have said "nvidia and qualcomm are DOMINATING the dual core market""

arguing 2 angles to the same side of the coin.. AKA, you agreed with my statement you crazed iDiot.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 06:28

17. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remizfa, you really are stupid. Do you not know the meaning of mutually exclusive or independent? For example, Nvidia can be BOTH a serious AND dominated player. DUH!

Again, there's a village that is missing an idiot and remixfa should go back home.

One more thing, I checked the thumbs up, and I am getting like 2 to 3 to 4 or more thumbs up. remixfa, you are grasping at straws.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:47

16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no, a number of people lack reading comprehension and arguing skills.
You have no point other than "ardent is crazy". Just sayin.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 19:56 1

18. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remixfa, can you stop aping or copying my observations of you. Can you come up with original thoughts? I understand it is hard for you being the village idiot.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:59

4. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well i guess the iphone wont have a outdated proccesor. Quad core wont come out for another year aka same time as the ip6 with the a6

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 03:11

8. dvo2107 (unregistered)


Actually, I think we will be seeing Quad core phones early in 2012, perhaps around march. Which is most likely about 6-8 months ahead of an iPhone 6 release.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:48 2

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bio, a 1.0ghz dual core processor is already outdated. everything else is coming out with 1.2-1.5 at the same time as the i5 launch. early 2012 normally means Q1 so we should hopefully see the quad cores sometime by march at the latest. I wouldnt expect them to be in full swing until summer though as everyone else releases their quad cores.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 09:42 1

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes I love to see quad-core chip sets are coming this year. I can't wait for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2. I have been holding out for a tablet, but I will not pass up a quad-core one that is for sure! CAN'T WAIT!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 01:52 1

7. Coeename: Infamous (unregistered)


First, serious players does not mean best product. I think the average person is smarter that u give them credit for. Second the articles states percentages of market share it does not say anything about nvidia and qualcomm being the best. To use your Walmart example if Walmart grocery division controls a nice percentage of that market then that makes them a serious player. Just because they are a force to be reckoned with doesn't make them no.1 in the market. Now if you were confused I'm sorry your that stupid but the rest of us know the difference between serious player and no.1.

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