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NVIDIA CEO: Quad-core Tablets Still Coming this Year, Phones Likely Not Until 2012

We love NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang here at Droid Life.  The dude has a ton of energy, an addicting personality, and most importantly, loves for his company to push the envelope.  After exploding onto the Android scene at CES this past January with their Tegra 2 dual-core chips, Huang wasted no time showing off what they had planned next – quad-core processors.  Codenamed Kal-El, these were expected (still are) to be the world’s first mobile quad-core processors with an estimated launch in tablets of this past August and in phones by the end of the year.  Unfortunately due to setbacks, neither of those time frames will/has been met.  Don’t worry though, we are still expecting to see a quad-core of some sort this year, it just won’t be in a phone.

During a sit down with media this week, Huang mentioned that their time line has now changed.  They still expect to launch quad-core tablets this year, but phones will likely be pushed into next year.  He also announced plans to move into the mass-processor consumption market, meaning they will do more than just produce processors for superphones and tablets.

On an interesting side note, Huang made a comment about his competitors – well there is only one according to him.  During his chat with press, he pointed out that Qualcomm and NVIDIA are really the only two serious players in the game right now:

“We’re the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm,” contends Huang, who is known for being outspoken. “We’re really the only two active players [in the high-end mobile processor market].”

The funny thing here is that Google has already chosen a Texas Instruments processor to develop their next version of Android on.  So while we just professed our love for Huang, we find it odd that he would take such a blatant cheap shot at TI.  Is he miffed at the fact that they weren’t chosen for Ice Cream Sandwich or does he really just think that TI processors are crap?  Who knows exactly why he left them out, but it sure gave us a good laugh.

Back to the point of the article…anyone saddened by the delay news?  Are we surprised by delays anymore?

Oh, and speaking of NVIDIA.  We have goodies to give away.  Stay tuned for those details.

Via:  Forbes

  • Anonymous

    What about Samsung? They make the processors for the Apple products, the PlayStation Vita, the Nexus S, and the Galaxy phones/tablets. And as far as I’ve seen, they offer the best performance on the market.

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  • John

    I do not think he was taking a shot at TI.  You can count the number of smartphones running TI chips on two hands, while Tegra2 and Snapdragon devices are everywhere.  Nvidia and Qualcomm are the two biggest players.  

    I take his comment to mean that Qualcomm is obviously number one, but NVIDIA is the only other company that is currently competing with them at a high level, which is true.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Huang is a liar and an asshat, he’ll tell you anything to play up his company and he’ll blatantly cheat to try to paint his products in a good light.

    The OMAP4 handles live wallpaper like butter, the Tegra 2 is a lag fest by comparison. Qualcomm is popular and on many devices, that’s probably why he thinks they are his only competitor but the OMAP platform is better than both.

  • Anonymous

    Asus Transformer 2 will be out next month!!

  • Anonymous

    2012… just in time for my upgrade :D

    • john patterson

      and just in time for the world to end at the end of 2012

  • Blood

    Why is Nvdia moving to Quad-Cores so quickly? They are just spreading more fragmentation to Android. I bet now they would start making games that say “Quad-Cores only”. I see games on the i*hone that have the same or if not, better performance and graphics than Android Dual-Core phones. Yet I don’t see Apple making Dual-Core i*hones. But what happens when they do make a Dual-Core i^hone? It’s going to beat Android Dual-Core phones (in performance) because they focused more on the OS and didn’t jump to quickly on “Dual”.

    • john patterson

      no lol. By the time Apple makes dual core iphones if they ever do Android will have already improved their OS and speed and even features so much that it will make all Iphones look like a big joke. more then it already is.

      • Blood

        I really hope your’e right john. I would hate to see Android only evolve cause of its hardware and not software.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what does Apple need with a dual core since they only psedo-multitasking?

    • Anonymous

      And please… Stop with the “fragmentation” straw man. It is a matter of choice. There are those that will forsake battery life in the name of power and those that prefer other things. Having a phone that meets the needs and desires of the user as opposed to telling the user what is best for them (whether they like it or not, is not a bad thing… Despite what Apple thinks.

  • Anonymous

    I like free stuff!  :)

  • Erick

    eh, I have an OG Droid and a Droid X2 to compare…

    In many ways, I have to laugh because my OG Droid can handle multi-tasking things like playing music and send/receiving texts & emails better than the Droid X2’s Tegra2 chipset.  Either Nvidia’s chipset is inferior (and I think it unlikely) and/or Nvidia’s chipset is harder to program for (I think more likely); either way, I shouldn’t be looking at a Droid X2 and wondering why my OG Droid is better than the X2 in certain aspects.  Bottom line, I could care less if you think your hardware is better, if your user experience is negative compared to older tech, then it failed.

  • Anonymous

    I personally don’t think quad core is that important. We’re not even fully utilizing 2 yet. Proper Dual core support isn’t even coming till ICS. What’s the hurry? We can shoot 1080p video, have HD screens (coming) just don’t see the need….yet.

    Agree it was a cheapshot at TI. Ticked they fell out of being the golden child with Honeycomb and not for ICS. OMAP4 is an awesome platform, way better than Tegra2, sorry buddy.

    • Anonymous

      OMAP 5 will be outstanding

      • Anonymous

        OMAP5 is a destroyer of worlds.

    • Anonymous

      Off-topic: Thanks for your input on the Bionic. While the “screen” will take a little getting used to, it is indeed a solid platform. Oddly, I find the new car home to be the biggest “surprise.”

    • Anonymous

      That “why do we need Quad-core if we do not take full advantage of dual-core yet??” is and old old old story for x86 architecture, and still they are producing 16-core chips right now… So IMHO is important because is the future, because even if right now it won’t translate instantly in better performance it will better fitted for what is to come, and that is what we enthusiast want :D.

      Also, I agree with nVidia CEO about they platform being the only on par with Qualcomm… they are equally weak if you ask me :P in my experience TI OMAP has better performance per clock and are normally more energy efficient than either snapdragon or tegra Soc’s.

      • Anonymous

        Sure in the future I would agree…but we are currently talking mobile devices. PCs/x86 HAD to scale, they are a completely different animal. You won’t be using any verison of the Nexus as a massive server, Photoshop Editor, or playing Crysis on a 4in screen anytime soon…all things that would benefit from as many cores as you can throw at them. Mind you quad cores came out several years after dual cores there as well… Tablets would be the grey area for sure. I guess in short I don’t see the slightest deal they are ‘delayed’ for now.

      • Nimbus2000

        Multi-core should benefit software like VMware’s Mobile Hypervisor which Samsung announced they will support.

  • Emilio Addresstavez

    Not quite sure why you guys love this dude. Dudes a dick. Nvidia rented out a nightclub in San Jose one night and I was part of the house band. He blocked an aisle and when I asked him to move, he flipped out and screamed like a privileged chick. I kept trying to walk by and he still blocked me. Long story short I punched him 4 times in the head. I didn’t know who he was then and didn’t care. He’s childish and treats people like garbage, in fact I think he assumed I was an employee of his as it was a private event. He then followed me outside to cry to security, who really didn’t give a shit. Guys a coward.

    • Anonymous

      An edifying tale. Even if it’s blatantly ficticious.

      • Emilio Addresstavez

        True story bro. I’ve been addicted to this site since my first Droid and was never compelled to comment until I saw this post showing love for him. This was about a year ago, they were celebrating closing a conference in San Jose. I didn’t know who he was till a few days later when I saw a picture of him on stage showing off an Nvidia logo tattoo.

        • Anonymous

          I believe it, the guy is a douchebag.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    Well, there have always been delays. I am a developer, and I can tell you that this kind of work is just like construction — we always need more time and more money. However, what has recently changed is that internal timelines have become way more public, and now the general public is aware that these delays are happening. Only a couple of years ago, no one would have known anything about future software or future hardware until it was actually done.

  • Anonymous

    @Huang “u mad bro?”

  • Anonymous

    Me too, but I still refuse to FB. :-) Edit: Oops this was supposed to be a reply to T Hall.

    • T Hall

      Yeah, thinking about shutting mine down now that the Motorola Speed Hours are done.

      Oh and Go Hawks!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Nvidia. When will you learn to develop technology as well as you hype it. Tegra 2 was late to the game and got killed by OMAP4. We’ll see how things go with Kal-El. And I like Nvidia. I have two of their graphics cards in my computers.

  • T Hall

    How bout some Bionic goodies to give away :-)

  • Anonymous

    Goodies to give away, you say? Please, please, please don’t use FB or Twitter for these goodies… Pretty please…

    • T Hall

      Haha, I think this website is the only reason I opened a Twitter account.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

        Yeah me too, anyone wanna bet that they give away a bionic

        • Anonymous

          “Oh, and speaking of NVIDIA.  We have goodies to give away.  Stay tuned for those details.”

          Doubtful..

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            a guy can dream right?

          • Anonymous

            Yes, yes you can.

            But wouldn’t you rather dream of a shiny new tablet??  ;)

          • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

            Yes I would rather have a zoom anyday, you have a good point sir

  • Anonymous

    Not too many devices out there running dual core OMAPs. Its really just the Droid 3 and the Bionic. Whereas there are a ton of things out there rocking dual core snapdragons and Tegra 2s. If its just a matter of market share of recent products hes right.

    • Anonymous

      You forgot the Optimus 3D/Thrill 4G and Blackberry Playbook.  Toshiba Excite, Archos 101 & 80 and Nexus Prime coming soon.

      • Anonymous

        Okay so you add those to the pile and you still get less than 10 devices. Point still stands. NVIDIA and Qualcomm have been slaughtering everyone else in sales.

        • Anonymous

          Nvidia has a handle on android tablets certainly but they only have about 5 phones.

        • Anonymous

          Nvidia has a handle on android tablets certainly but they only have about 5 phones.

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  • PyroHoltz

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      http://www.anandtech.com/show/4179/ti-omap4-and-lg-optimus-3d-tested

      Slightly better numbers but nothing earth shattering.

      • PyroHoltz


        Taking the performance improvement due to the driver out of the
        equation, we’re still looking at a nearly 20% increase in performance
        over the SGX 540 in Hummingbird. The 4430 holds a similar advantage over
        NVIDIA’s Tegra 2. It’s sort of nice to have so many different SoCs available at the same time. TI’s OMAP 4430, Samsung’s Exynos 4210, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 AP20H and Qualcomm’s upcoming MSM8660.
        Right now it looks like the OMAP 4430 may be the best performer out of
        them all,
        however it remains to be seen what Qualcomm’s Adreno 220 will
        bring to the table when the MSM8660 ships later this year.

        That says it right there in the article you linked.  Seems like a larger lead than slightly, as you say. Plus, Anandtech doesn’t think that Nvidia is the one to watch for, Qualcomm instead.

        Maybe I’m reading things differently than you and I’m a little bias w/ a TI 4430 right now.  :-D

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  • Anonymous

    Proof is in the product… less telling us, more showing us

  • http://twitter.com/magiman7 magiman7

    Jen-Hsen is known for speaking w/o thinking. It isn’t the first time he has said something stupid and it won’t be the last. Maybe he and Sanjan Jay should get together and hang out.

  • Murphy

    What’s a delay?