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Nvidia Tegra 3 Almost Done, Tegra 4 On the Way

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WANTED: More Tegra devices.

When it comes to ARM-based System-on-Chips, we really like what Nvidia's doing with Tegra. But for one reason or another, aside from the Zune HD, the Tegra chipset hasn't been adopted as widely as Nvidia hoped.

Even though Tegra 2 is right now one of the more impressive ARM-based packages, it hasn't found any homes. That will change when LG launches its Optimus phones later this year, but are Tegra 2's days coming to an end?

That could be the case, as Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said today that it is putting the finishing touches on Tegra 3 and that the work has already begun on the next-generation after that for Tegra 4. In fact, Nvidia said to expect a new Tegra every year.

While we like what Nvidia promises with each of its Tegra SoCs, we're still waiting on the real world products for Tegra 2.

(Source: Engadget.)

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    dotaloc , September 22, 2010 2:48 PM
    Tegra has always looked neat, and benchmarked well...but it has to find a market...or be implemented in a market, rather.

    Hopefully T3 will be adopted by more devices.
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    Warsaw , September 22, 2010 2:42 PM
    That seems rather fast they are putting these SoCs out.
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    tipoo , September 22, 2010 2:45 PM
    Tegra 2 hasn't even made it into many products yet, why steal its thunder with this announcement?
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    dotaloc , September 22, 2010 2:48 PM
    Tegra has always looked neat, and benchmarked well...but it has to find a market...or be implemented in a market, rather.

    Hopefully T3 will be adopted by more devices.
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    dallaswits , September 22, 2010 2:53 PM
    Wonder what the future holds for nvidia.
    As much as i love the company, things seem to be going badly for them.
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    mavroxur , September 22, 2010 3:18 PM
    And yet none of the Tegra line has experienced much market exposure. You can release Tegra 4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10, but if hardly any of them make it into a few devices here and there, whats the point?
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 4:04 PM
    Is the Tegra 3 a new SoC... or is it a rebranded Tegra 2? I heard a rumor that Nvidia likes to do the rebranding thing.

    You decide!
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2010 4:05 PM
    personally, I'm waiting for Notion Ink's Adam (Tegra 2 inside). According to what i saw it's supposed to rock
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 22, 2010 4:38 PM
    Maybe the next zune will use one of these new ones?
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    IM0001 , September 22, 2010 4:40 PM
    I am wondering what the problem with Tegra adoption is. The ZuneHD performed great with the Tegra 1. Tegra 2 had places it was going to be and at the last minute looked to be kicked out by an Intel replacement. So why is it so hard for Tegra to break in and find a home? Is it licensing? propitiatory tech? What? I also would like to see and ATI(AMD) chip similar to the Tegra but until they start getting adopted, I can see AMD hold off on that move.
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    sdedalus83 , September 22, 2010 5:41 PM
    New ARM SoCs take a long time to go from a finalized design to volume production. OMAP4 was complete more than a year ago and it won't find its way into any products until late this year. If they're just finishing Tegra 3 right now, Tegra 2 should have 12 to 18 months before getting shifted to lower end products.
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    theoutbound , September 22, 2010 5:41 PM
    I would love to see Tegra 3 being implemented more than 2 has been. Maybe a Zune phone? Make it happen Microsoft.
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    deck , September 22, 2010 6:36 PM
    It seems to me that Tegra's low adoption rate is due to nVidia's intial position that it would only support Windows CE. I believe they have changed this now, but WTF were they thinking???

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    popatim , September 22, 2010 7:41 PM
    WarsawThat seems rather fast they are putting these SoCs out.

    Thats just it, you never see any products. Remember when the tegra phone was first demo'd - never came out and I waited a whole year for it.

    Lots of Tegra2 products have been announced. None out yet.

    Besides the Zune HD, I cant think of a single real tegra product.
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    Darkv1 , September 23, 2010 1:10 AM
    Considering how well the Tegra chips benchmark it would be nice to see the technology in more products than just the Zune HD. Alas I can dream...
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    dEAne , September 23, 2010 2:34 AM
    I hope it's affordable.
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    kronos_cornelius , September 23, 2010 8:15 AM
    I would definetely jump on a tegra chip 2 or 3 if it was on a phone.

    Hey Sony, if you are really planning to use android on the next PSP, why not add a Tegra3 Chip.
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    bpdski , September 23, 2010 4:46 PM
    I just read the new Dell 7" tablet is will use the Tegra 2.
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    magicandy , September 23, 2010 5:52 PM
    IM0001I am wondering what the problem with Tegra adoption is. The ZuneHD performed great with the Tegra 1. Tegra 2 had places it was going to be and at the last minute looked to be kicked out by an Intel replacement. So why is it so hard for Tegra to break in and find a home? Is it licensing? propitiatory tech? What? I also would like to see and ATI(AMD) chip similar to the Tegra but until they start getting adopted, I can see AMD hold off on that move.


    The biggest reason it hasn't "broken in" is because it's expensive compared to other SoCs. Generally you only see it in higher-end devices which restricts it to a release once in a blue moon rather than being in every other phone if it were in the mainstream market.
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    guardianangel42 , September 27, 2010 12:54 AM
    andboomerIs the Tegra 3 a new SoC... or is it a rebranded Tegra 2? I heard a rumor that Nvidia likes to do the rebranding thing.You decide!

    Oh yes they do. GTS 250 anyone? That thing was rebranded twice.

    However, I wouldn't mind seeing more Tegra chips get into products. Right now it seems like NVIDIA is making the better products of the two major companies, but we'll see if they can do it.