Sep 07 AT 12:27 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

NVIDIA CEO opens up on the future of mobile processors; reaffirms quad-core availability by Q4 2011


In a recent sit-down with reporters, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was, as usual, not afraid to talk some serious business. Huang opened up on the future of Android tablets, quad-core processors and NVIDIA’s continued role as a hardware manufacturer.

In the eyes of Jen-Hsun Huang, the future of a mobile processor manufacturer is a bright one. As of right now, Huang estimates some 100 million devices are in need of mobile processors. By utilizing those consumer needs and placing a laser focus on processor manufacturing, NVIDIA could be making as much as $5 billion by 2013. Demand for mobile silicone is on the rise, and in turn those numbers are only going to go up. By 2015 Huang says over one billion devices will be in need of the technology NVIDIA is eager to supply. If NVIDIA stays sharp and continues down the path they’re on, the company could be making $20 billion from mobile processors alone by then.

NVIDIA will still be heavily involved with the computer graphics industry, but a major shift to mobile processing is where the company’s future lies. And with acquisitions of companies like Icera (allowing NVIDIA to manufacture multi-band LTE 4G/3G/2G modems), NVIDIA may have their work cut out for them. Of course continuing forward, NVIDIA still has some sharp competition ahead of them.

While Huang believes NVIDIA’s only real competition at this time is Qualcomm, other manufacturers are prepping to go all out as well. Intel, TI and AMD are just some of the companies who could turn out to be major players in the mobile processor game. One major advantage NVIDIA does have is a working first-to-market strategy. NVIDIA was swift to deliver a dual-core solution with their Tegra 2, which turned out to be a major turning point for their mobile processor division. Of all the Android tablets available right now, NVIDIA supposedly powers some 70 percent. If that holds true in the future (once Android tablets hit Huang’s estimate of 50 percent of the total tablet market), NVIDIA will be cranking out some serious business. And with Huang reaffirming NVIDIA’s plans for Q4 availability of quad-core mobile processors today, they’ll have the jump on that market as well.

Look for NVIDIA to be doing some great things as this year rolls into the next. Quad-core tablets and quad-core phones are just two of the tricks NVIDIA has up its sleeve. Who knows what else the company has in store?

Source: CNET

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • cheese

    if i had money i’d invest in NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and ARM Holdings.

    • iPhone fan, christian, democrat, american, well educated

      Invest in Apple Inc you moron, Apple.
      But you cant invest, cause you meandroid bums are poor anyways….

      • CactusCat

        Well slick, when you stated you were Christian then resorted to name calling while trolling on an Android site, you lost any possibility of being anything other than a child. And since we spank misbehaving children, you need to go home now. Alternatively, if you would simply bend over as far as you can, put your head up your ass, then JUMP real hard. With luck, you’ll just simple disappear.

    • Matthew H

      Yes, NVDA has been good to me. Sold some stock options today at a good profit after the news jumped the stock price. I did the same thing last January after CES caused the stock to sky rocket. NVDA stock has been very good to me, and somewhat predictable if you follow the mobile chipset wars (I get most of my news on that from from good old AndroidandMe. Watch their stock climb as they are the first to launch quad-core chips, then fall as others catch up with better specs. Easy money, I am telling you.

  • Darkseider

    nVidia continues to impress as does Qualcomm. The future IS ARM SoCs. Not in just mobile computing and smartphones but desktops and high density servers as well.

  • Nathan

    I just wish that nvidia doesn’t have some game exclusivity on there processor because that the most annoying thing they can do right now :(

  • Alex Nguyen

    Do you guys consider a phone or tablet’s processor to be the MOST important spec? Like, when you hear about a new phone, is the processor speed and who it’s made by the first thing that you look at even though other specs are probably more important to you. There’s a reason why we typically judge a phone by its processor, right? Well, why do we? Discuss your opinions here fellow phone geeks:

    • Optimizari Android

      How about this: you have to choose between a single core CPU and a dual core one. What would you do? Of course the CPU is the most important part and I can’t see why would you even need to make a debate for it.

  • Interpol91

    Nvidia has definitely become a beast with Android. I can’t wait for the quad-core to be released to enjoy an even better gaming experience!!

    • Bob

      Gaming experience!? I consider TegraZone a complete failure – it’s like watching paint dry waiting for new game announcements!

  • Richard Yarrell

    I support Qualcomm and always will…

  • Aplicatii Android

    Well, it seems slowly but surely the ARM processors will come soon to match the destkop/laptop ones. Too bad that big CPU manufactures don’t invest in research and development in this type of processors. They are becoming quite fast, multicore and low power consumer. What more can a end user ask for?

  • Android Romania

    @Alex: of course the CPU is one of the important things we take into consideration when we buy a phone.From my experience every extra MHz counts. At least when doing multitasking (what Android allows you to do).