May 17 AT 5:05 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

NVIDIA Tegra 2 Android handsets coming 2H 2010

NVIDIA promised a Tegra smartphone from a “top five” manufacturer before 2010, but it never materialized. Then at this year’s CES, NVIDIA unveiled the Tegra 2 platform which is based off a next-generation ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor. We expected to see the Tegra 2 platform used mainly in Android tablets this year, but new information from NVIDIA’s latest earnings call suggest we could see handsets using the powerful processor by Q3 2010.

The strategy for NVIDIA’s first-generation Tegra was to focus on one platform (the Microsoft Zune), but Android will be the primary focus for the second-generation of Tegra 2 designs. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told analyst that the next generation of Android phones would focus on performance and their Tegra 2 would be able to keep up (if not, be much better) than Apple’s A4 1 GHz processor used in the iPad (and upcoming iPhone 4).

When questioned if these NVIDIA-powered Android handsets would actually be on the market this year or if they were just referring to available design sockets, NVIDIA responded they’ve already been working with partners on the designs and the products should ship during Q3-Q4 2010.

If NVIDIA is able to achieve their goal, they could claim the fastest Android phone this Christmas. Intel is also trying to get their Moorestown platform into products later this year, but it remains to be seen which handset makers will pick it up. The main two application processor companies in the Android world right now include Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, but the competition is about to get really stiff.

At this point it appears to be anyone’s game, but the handset makers have likely already chosen the winners for this Christmas. Which processor would you like to see in your next high-end Android device?

Key features of Tegra 2:

  • Dual-core ARM Cortex -A9 MPCore Processor
    • Symmetric Multi-Processing support for blazing fast web browsing performance, improving load times and rendering of complex pages
    • Processing efficiency of Cortex-A9 provides industry leading performance in lowest power envelope
  • Ultra Low Power NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
    • Enhanced NVIDIA graphics technology, enabling full Flash acceleration for an uncompromised HD web browsing experience
    • Next generation 3D rendering performance for the most compelling user interfaces and advanced mobile games
  • Full High Definition Multimedia
    • Up to 1080p video encode/decode and support for HD Web streaming formats, such as YouTube HD
    • Complete HW accelerated HD multimedia engine for visually stunning movie playback at lowest possible power
  • NVIDIA Low Power Management Architecture
    • Effective power management techniques, such as dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, for ultra-efficient power consumption across all use cases
    • Low-power design delivers over 140 hours audio and over 16 hours of HD video playback

Tegra 2 specs include:

  • Processor and Memory Subsystem
    • Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, up to 1.0 GHz
    • 32-bit LP-DDR2, DDR2
  • Ultra Low Power NVIDIA Graphics
    • OpenGL ES 2.0
    • Programmable pixel shader
    • Programmable vertex and lighting
    • 2x 3D graphics performance of previous generation Tegra
  • Full High Definition Multimedia
    • 1080p H.264/VC-1/MPEG-4 Video Decode
    • 1080p H.264 Video Encode
    • Supports multi-standard audio formats, including AAC, AMR, WMA, and MP3
    • Upgraded JPEG encode and decode acceleration
  • Integrated Image Signal Processing
    • Up to 12 megapixel camera sensor support
    • Advanced imaging features (AWB, AF, AE, etc.)
  • Display Subsystem
    • True dual-display support
    • Maximum display resolutions supported:
      • 1080p (1920×1080) HDMI 1.3
      • WSXGA+ (1680×1050) LCD
      • UXGA (1600×1200) CRT
      • NTSC/PAL TV output

Via: Engadget

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