Every power user is looking forward to the launch of Tegra 4
, and if recent reports
prove accurate, Hewlett-Packard will be the first to showcase NVIDIA's
upcoming powerhouse System-on-Chip (SoC) when it launches a high-end Android tablet. In the meantime, NVIDIA has another Tegra part up its sleeve codenamed "Grey."
Grey is a mainstream SoC with integrated 3G and 4G/LTE communication technologies baked in. Not a ton of details are known, though early reports suggest it might use ARM Cortex-A9 cores like Tegra 3, but consume less power, making it a good fit for smartphones.
Originally there was talk of Grey debuting towards the end of the year, but during a recent conference call with investors, NVIDIA chief Jen-Hsun Huang hinted at an early 2013 launch.
"We have a next-generation application processor integrated with a next-generation 4G/LTE. This quarter, we hope to tape out and race it to market," Huang said. "It is obviously a very, very large market opportunity for us, and so we are very bullish about it."
NVIDIA's quarter just ended, and if everything is still on schedule, you might see Grey-powered smartphones emerge within the next few months, and certainly by the time summer rolls around.