And for a good reason - Qualcomm was the first one to go on the 28nm manufacturing node, which translated into better power efficiency and it is the first to include an on-chip LTE module. And now Taiwan supply chain sources say that because of the better performance to cost ratio, the Tegra 3 is feeling the heat.
Nvidia’s chip is still in some of the high profile launches this season like the Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, but Tegra smartphones are having middling sales and this might hurt Nvidia’s margins in 2013.
Nvidia’s highest profile smartphones for the year include the international version of the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD.
Qualcomm on its part is starting getting even more aggressive in lower-end devices as well, announcing chips that can compete against the likes of MediaTek, the most popular chip maker for low to mid-range Chinese smart devices.