Tegra 2 to be formally announced at CES in January
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia was interviewed recently on all things GPU, and the discussion inevitably turned to the Tegra processor. The Tegra processor is Nvidia’s custom designed system-on-chip that contains two ARM processors along with another 6 processors that take care of 2D & 3D video, sound and images.
Jen-Hsun stated that his company would be making an announcement relating to Tegra 2 at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas in January. Although he would not be drawn into discussions about specific products, he did confirm that no Smartphones would be using a Tegra processor due to the length of time it takes to certify a cellphone – which goes against the rapid introduction of newer Tegra processors being made available every 12 months or so.
We expect to see a quite a few Tegra 2 products on display at CES in January, such as the Mobinnova netbook demonstrated in October. This is because the recently announced Adobe Flash support for ARM is for the Cortex-A series processor, and the current Tegra 1 only contains the older ARM 7 and ARM 11. This raises the expectation that the Tegra 2 will contain the much more powerful Cortex-A8 or Cortex-A9.
If we wanted to speculate, we would also suggest that Nvidia will announce a +2Ghz Tegra 2 processor. We know for a fact, that ARM has one licensee for their super +2Ghz Cortex-A9 Mpcore processor, and we really don’t think its Apple. For us we, our money is on either Nvidia or Broadcom. Hopefully we’ll get to find out in January.
The full interview with Jen-Hsun Huang is here.