Posts Tagged ‘NVIDIA-Tegra-2’

Samsung Galaxy S II May Feature Tegra 2 Processor in Some Regions

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Samsung announced their next generation of smartphones at Mobile World Congress last Sunday. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S II feature some of the most advanced features found in mobile phones to date, one thing was clear, the Korean manufacturer was sticking with in house components for the majority of its manufacturing process, from the Super AMOLED Plus screen to the ARM variant of its dual-core Hummingbird processor, all were in house.

Samsung had originally claimed that the processor behind the second generation Galaxy S devices. However, the PR team from said company soon retracted the statement saying that Samsung’s own Exynos processor would be doing the magic under the hood.

Now it seems that that may not be entirely true as AnandTech has released documents that show a Galaxy S device benchmark test with none other than a GT-i9103 Tegra 2 processor under the hood. More importantly, Samsung’s own specification sheet says that the dual-core Exynos processor “may not be applicable in some regions.” This could mean one of two things: NVIDIA might not be able to meet the demand with its in house chips and instead opt for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset for noncritical markets.

A classic example is Samsung’s choice to replace their Super AMOLED technology with Super Clear LCD screens for its devices heading to Russia. It did so with its less feature rich phones as well when it opted for Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor instead of using their own Hummingbird processor.

At any rate, opting for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor instead of their own processor should not affect the devices performance as both chipsets are made from the ARM architecture and NVIDIA’s tech currently powers Xoom from Motorola and the Optimus 3D from NVIDIA as well as LG’s Optimus Pad tablet.

Source:  AnandTech

Mobile Phone News: Today’s Headlines

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Optimus 2X, LG’s super smart phone has been announced in Korea just a while back. Now, we are happy to know that the device is definitely headed to the UK. According to reports, the handset will be released Q1 2011, but LG still has yet to disclose an official date. In any case, many are expecting to see the smart phone shown off at the CES this coming January. The Optimus 2X is officially the first handset in the market to make use of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU.

NVIDIA has certainly been able to make the new holy grail of the smart phone industry by providing us all with a CPU that is both high speed and energy efficient, and many engineers would tell you that energy efficiency is far more important than sheer speed. The Tegra 2 chip is so highly regarded that even Samsung has put in an order for over £200 million worth of the processors.

Many believe that these chips will be used in a wide array of Samsung’s devices, ranging from tablets to smart phones and even some of their smaller netbooks.

Did we mention that the Android OS is going to overtake the Symbian platform in a few years? According to IDC, we’re wrong, the Android will overtake the older platform by the end of this coming 2011. Considering that the Symbian OS is losing plenty of ground (and the fact that very few devices using the platform will be coming out), there is little doubt that the Android’s fast growth and distribution will be able to easily keep up.

Also, the fact that the Symbian Foundation is now a licensing organization means that the development of the OS takes a backseat priority. Nokia will also be focusing on their Intel co-developed MeeGo platform too.