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NVIDIA Clears the Air on Compatibility Issues with LTE and Tegra Chips

Been wondering what caused the delay of the original DROID Bionic and the 4G LTE upgrade on the Motorola XOOM?  Internet rumors would suggest that the Tegra 2 processor in each device has for some reason struggled to work with Verizon’s new super fast network, but the dual-core’s maker isn’t about to let that go down.  In fact, we just got off the phone with NVIDIA who wanted to squash this nonsense for good with the following statement:

Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all. The Tegra-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE tablet runs on Verizon’s LTE network and is a perfect example of Tegra working fine w/ 4G LTE. Tegra 2 interfaces with many types of modems via standard interfaces, including LTE. There is nothing inherently unique about LTE as far as Tegra 2 is concerned.

Hard to argue with that point right there.  The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2) which will be out later this month (possibly June 23),  has zero issues running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  And not that we want to continue to hammer on Motorola, but their CEO Sanjay Jha did attempt to take the blame for these delays, so we’re not completely sure why or where this Tegra hating LTE stuff started.

NVIDIA will continue to pump out their innovative mobile chipsets and Moto we hope, will some day figure out whatever issues they have been experiencing and deliver us the goods.  Everyone good?

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  • Anonymous

    It started as a rumor post here.
    /s

  • Chris A,

    Perhaps Tegra 2 draws more power than TI’s dual-core OMAP, and combined with the need for dual radios in an LTE phone, battery life wasn’t up to par.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Haters gonna hate :-)

  • BA_Carroll

    It is sounding more and more of an internal problem at Motorola and maybe Jha needs to do some “in” house cleaning.

  • Rizzidy

    “NVIDIA will continue to pump out their innovative mobile chipsets and Moto we hope, will some day figure out whatever issues they have been experiencing and deliver us the goods.”

    NVIDIA bias much?

  • Anonymous

    Blur’s insistence on running in the background and eating up battery life was probably incompatible with LTE. :)

  • Anonymous

    Saying it works fine in a tab so its fine for phones is like saying , oh yhe i7 works great in an imac so theyd be great for the iphone.

    Kinda obvious the extra space helps it deal with any heat/power consumption issues.

  • Rich Floresjr

    Waiting for Kal-El anyway. Not eligible for an upgrade until early 2012. Hopefully a lot of the bullshit will be ironed out by then.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Where did that June 23rd date come from?

    • Anonymous

      :)

    • Anonymous

      :)

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        LOL not cool!

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        LOL not cool!

  • Rich Ozment

    So that means the bionic will be coming out tomorrow? Please?!?!

    I know it won’t, but enough with the delays…I’ve been waiting for this phone for long enough!

    • djembeman

      I waited long enough and gave up! I really like my LG Revolution! I have basicall un-Binged it by installing the Google apps and an alternate Car Home App. I just can’t use my capacitive search button from the home screen, because it defaults to Bing. Within apps it stays Google. Works for me! I usually just open my browser first anyway.

      Completely stock, non-rooted Quadrants scores always above 2000, usually 2150ish. Linpack was usually 38-39.

      Super fast responsive phone and screen.

      • Anonymous

        The system should have asked you which search app you want to use by default when you press the search button after installing google search.  Try clearing Bing’s cache under manage applications.

  • T Hall

    Waiting for a response from Motorola……

    Who will they point the finger to now…..

    • Blah

      Obviously, the 3rd party app developers are to blame. Haha jk ;)

    • NovaeMeme

      FWIW, the blogs don’t seem to have given what Sanjay said full coverage.  He could have been referring to the radio chipset, not Nvidia.  It’s only the prodding interviewer that implicates Nvidia.  The same interviewer who in the first question implies MOT always has delays, which outside of this I haven’t seen.  This is word for word from the conference: 

      Q We spoke about some product delays early on, um, the
      company had a focus on solutions the first two years…why do you still have
      delays at the high level and how do you change it how do you lead the market
      with innovation and think ahead of the curve?

      A Listen, there was only one aspect which caused a delay in
      being all fairness to ourselves, and I’m as tough as anybody.  The team is executing extremely well.  We were delayed of two 4G products because we
      had some network interaction issues with our protocol stacks, and quite
      frankly, I’m quite comfortable that we’re making progress if you look at every
      other aspect. And I think we have executed extremely well and I would want for you to understand that I view execution as
      a very central pillar to our strategy and I feel relatively well positioned
      that we will continue to execute the way we  have and I have a great deal of comfort that
      we will deliver the 4G solution in the way that we plan in the second half.

      Q There’s always the question because of it’s you who you
      are that the delays are related to semiconductor strategy or whether they’re
      related to other issues and going back to the same issue is how do you make
      sure it doesn’t repeat itself next time.

      A We have fall back plans, much better plans, sometimes you
      have to burn bridges and burn boats, and bet everything on one place and
      sometimes you need fall back plans. I think going forward we will have fall
      back plans. I’m participating with all the major chipset manufacturers so I
      feel relatively comfortable with all of that.

  • Otsrocks

    cool

  • Lord_20_bucks

    I’m still waiting for the next gen of dual core phones. That are coming to Verizon anyway

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the new OMAP processor supposedly better then the Tegra 2?

    • http://twitter.com/Retrokid223 Demar Bryan

      better and faster from what i hear

    • http://twitter.com/Retrokid223 Demar Bryan

      better and faster

    • Mr.Joe

      It’s not like it even matters.  Android isn’t optimized for multi core CPUs.  It’s not like you’ll be seeing a HUGE difference. 

      • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

        According to the guys at Google who develop Android, you are wrong.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

          “Not optimized” does not mean it doesn’t take advantage of the extra core at all. The extra core is not just sitting there. Play any emulator or high-demand game on a dual-core phone and explain how it blows away a single core phone then, at the same clock frequency.

          You’ll see a HUGE difference.

          • Hoosiercub

            What about those of us who don’t and don’t care to play high end games or emulators? What difference is there then? I’m still happy with things like angry birds and now PvZ, which runs flawless on my first-gen snapdragon.

        • Mr.Joe

          I’m not wrong.  The guy who leaks cell phones for this site is.  He was the one who said so.  So if you have a beef with me take it out with him:

          http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1707410-Motorola-s-new-Droid-Bionic-(Targa)-pre-release-thread?p=14423867&highlight=#post14423867

          • sob157

            If he wants to take it up with him, he’ll go to his forum and throw down. For now, youre the one posting here based on his specific knowledge and get offended when someone calls YOU out on it. I have to side with Bernard. Qualcomm has already started giving out test phones for devs to tinker with, and two months is a long time away for this release… You (and russel) are stating that dual cores dont matter right now, which may be true besides the lack of dual core mobile handsets. But give developers both for apps, and android o/s development 2 months, PLUS the first few months post launch and you will see how relevant dual core will be in the near future.

            When making a decision to lock you into 2 yrs on vzw… that argument is invalid.

          • Anonymous

            Agree if I am going to be stuck in a 2 year contract I want my phone to be pretty future proof and even though they aren’t optimized for dual core right now I am sure they will be within the length of your contract.

          • NovaeMeme

            wnrussell is a very, very reliable source.  MOT insider.  However, I believe he was referring to quad-cores as multi-cores.  Note the message he was responding to.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kane-Stapler/597191406 Kane Stapler

        Your an idiot

        • Mr.Joe

          Why?

          • http://twitter.com/icecolddemon Phil Oakley

            Like Lonnie Kerchief said, it’s only the OS which isn’t fully optimized. Apps from the Market can take full advantage of both cores.

            And I don’t care if you didn’t say that. You repeated it, which must mean you believe it. Otherwise, you’re a troll.

            Just for the record, I have a HTC Sensation, and it’s fantastic. (I live in the UK, got my Sensation on Vodafone then ditched the contract).

        • Anonymous

          You’re* don’t call someone an idiot when you can’t spell.

      • Steelertown7

        True.
        My dual core X2 is barely faster than my old X. 

      • Steelertown7

        True.
        My dual core X2 is barely faster than my old X. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

          Only the core OS isn’t much faster. Individual apps can take full advantage of both cores.

        • http://profiles.google.com/dannymgme Daniel Garcia

          Also the X2 still runs froyo, dual- core support was added in gingerbread.

          • Hoosiercub

            Only in apps capable of doing such, gingerbread itself.. still no. Not til ice cream sandwich.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe not right now but with future updates they will and they hinted at ICS doing this so it is always nice to be a little future proof even if you wont see all the benefits right away

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely.