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LTE-Equipped Tegra 3 Devices Shipping in Q3, Tegra 3+ With “Significant” Performance Boost Later This Year

If you were of that mindset that you would own a device with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 inside and be able to attach to a 4G LTE network in the next few months, you should change that mindset immediately. We have noted this a few times now, but the Tegra 3 does not currently work with LTE. According to NVIDIA’s general manager, Mike Rayfield, we may not see any T3 devices with LTE until Q3 of this year. Speaking at the HTC Frequencies conference in Seattle this week, Rayfield mentioned the T3 is capable of working with LTE, but that “the guy with who has LTE isn’t all that excited about working with me [NVIDIA].” For those not familiar, he is referring to Qualcomm, one of their biggest competitors and also the company leading the LTE modem charge. Fortunately for all of us, NVIDIA acquired a company called Icera to help them build out their own LTE modems.

On a related note, a new version of the Tegra 3 which is currently called the Tegra 3+ (T3+) will arrive some time towards the end of the year. This processor will be “high performance” and a “significant boost” over the current T3. Specific details one what NVIDIA has done to pump up an already powerful processor was not revealed, but we’re excited. We assume it’ll have even better power consumption techniques while remaining crazy fast.

So no LTE in T3 devices for a while still. Like we said earlier in the week, get ready for a wave of dual-core Snapdragon S4 devices on all U.S. carriers. Unless of course the newly leaked Galaxy SIII and its quad-core chip have found a way to get in bed with LTE modems.

Via:  PCMag

  • Dumb question, but the Transformer 300 has a Tegra 3 and LTE. How does that work?

  • Your image has the title (and matching file name) “tegra 3 dye”. FYI, it’s spelled “die”, as in “diced.”

  • jdrch

    I didn’t realize T3’s LTE problems were due to Qualcomm stalling Nvidia.

  • mustbepbs

    I wonder if this news pisses off Tegra 3 owners. Not even a year later and a new chip that “will be “high performance” and a “significant boost” over the current T3”. I know I’d be miffed.

    • MKader17

      If you get hurt over that then its obviously your first time to buy a peice of cutting edge technology. Improvements come out all the time, its the way it works in the industry. If you sit back and wait for the best you’ll still be sitting with your Droid a couple years from now still waiting.

      • mustbepbs

        It’s not like it has been out for any length of time. T3 was just barely showcased as the latest and greatest and they’re already talking about something that is a SIGNIFICANT boost over the T3. It just feels like they didn’t even try with the T3 with a statement like that.

        • Kakashiisagod

          All part of that stupid technology S curve. Eventually you will see a good point to jump in to one if these. Namely any Asus Nexus device.

          • mustbepbs

            I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that during MWC, the brand spanking new HTC One X with the T3 was the ship to jump on, but I guess I was wrong.

          • MKader17

            Being the first phone with a quad core yes, but The Transformer Prime has also had the Tegra 3 since November. The article states that this will be at the end of the year. By the time this releases the Tegra 3 will have been released to the public for a year. That’s pretty standard with technology.

          • mustbepbs

            The TP was released at the end of December, and the article says Q3 for this. For the first phone to receive the T3, Q3 is a little early.

    • thebruce44

      Yea, damn progress!

  • Captain_Doug

    “Specific details one what NVIDIA has done to pump up an already powerful processor was not revealed”
    Should be on, not one. Yeah, I did it. Sorry. 
    This is good news that at least their planning something to make up for dropping the ball the first time around. 

    • BrianWenger

      “This is good news that at least their planning something to make up for dropping the ball the first time around.”
      Should be they’re, not their. Yea, I did it. Sorry.


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      • Captain_Doug

        Wow, I feel sooooo sheepish. Well played Brian Wenger. Well played.

  • Butters619

    I’m really curious about the battery life on the SGS3.  Quad core processor with no companion core and with external LTE.  Seems like it is going to be awful.

    • MKader17

      Watching your battery bar will be like watching your LTE speedtest, but in reverse.

      • Butters619

        I just laughed out loud…and I’m in a work meeting.

  • ddevito

    OMAP 5 will stick kick its ass.

    • Apostrafee

      I agree…I’m not a big fan of Nvidia there’s just something about em

      • Noyfb

        I stopped using nvidia chips in my pc cause they suck, why would I want one in my phone.

      • angermeans

        It’s because they are not even that fast and usually the GPU isnt all that great. Apple showed this at the iPad event.

    • kixofmyg0t

      You beat me to it. OMAP5 with its A15’s will still be faster than quad A9’s. Ive grown smitten with TI’s OMAP since everything I have except my Atrix and Xoom is powered by them.

  • Michael_NM

    The perpetual waiting game…