Nvidia has been making waves this year. Last year we began hearing waves about a dual core processor from Nvidia that was small enough to fit in phones and tablets. This year the Tegra 2 processor is popping up everywhere.
Google’s VP of Engineering for Android showed off a Tegra 2, Honeycomb OS tablet at the All Things Digital D: Dive Into Mobile Event last month. Since then Motorola, and LG have also announced devices with the Tegra 2 processor and allegdly even Samsung has bought millions of them.
This morning at the AT&T dev conference we broke the news about the Motorola Atrix 4G, a phone that AT&T and Motorola Mobility are calling “The World’s Greatest Superphone”. The Atrix 4G proudly sports a Tegra 2 processor.
At Nvidia’s press conference later in the day they showed off the LG Optimus 2X (LG Star) also running their famed dual core processor which is great and fast for things like 3D gaming.
Nvidia made a clear definition of the “Smart Phone” vs the “Super Phone”. The smart phone usually comes with four inch screens, single core 1ghz processors, 5 plus megapixel cameras and multiple microphones. The super phone features a multi core processor with lightning fast GPUs and more efficient power use so that with all this great technology under the hood you aren’t loosing battery as fast as you’d think.
Michael Rayfield, General Manager at Nvidia said “We’ve entered the super phone era. People are looking at their mobile device as a computer first and a phone second. Tegra’s brought the super phone to another level with new mobile experiences that haven’t been possible before.” — Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA
Nvidia wouldn’t divulge how many manufacturers they have partnered with but we are anticipating 50+ devices will be using the Nvidia technology in 2011