Nvidia’s technology powers many cell phones on the market, including the T-Mobile G2X and Motorola Droid X2. But until now, Nvidia only supplied its processors to external cell phone manufacturers. On Monday, Nvidia announced the first phone to be powered solely by its technology.
Nvidia, the largest stand-alone maker of graphics chips, beat earnings estimates for its first fiscal quarter ended May 1, thanks to stronger PC graphics chip sales and the beginning of revenues from its Tegra mobile chip business.
T-Mobile’s newest flagship Android superphone, LG’s dual-core G2x, finally has a release date: It’ll be available online on April 15 and in T-Mobile stores on April 20, for $200 with a two-year contract (and after a $50 mail-in rebate).
T-Mobile just unveiled its LG G2x super phone, a smartphone with good computing performance and an Nvidia Tegra Zone app that connects users to high-quality games.
Never say die: Jen-Hsun Huang has reinvented his graphics chip firm Nvidia three times now. And he just keeps going.
Now that Android devices featuring Nvidia’s powerful dual-core Tegra 2 chip are finally making their way to consumers, the company has launched its Tegra Zone app to feature games that can take advantage of the beefy hardware.
For the first time, Google has a chance at catching up with Apple in the hot tablet computer market. That’s one of the core points I took away from Google’s press event yesterday where it showed off Honeycomb, the next version of its Android software, specifically aimed at tablets. The ball is now in Apple’s court.
For years, Mike Rayfield had a lonely job as the top mobile exec at graphics chipmaker Nvidia. Nvidia has always been a beast in graphics chips for PCs, but its processors for mobile phones haven’t been huge sellers.
Microsoft said earlier today that its future version of Windows will run on chips based on ARM’s chip architecture. In front of a huge crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer showed once again that the software worked fine on test systems based on chips from Intel, Qualcomm (Snapdragon), Texas Instruments, and Nvidia (Tegra 2).
Nvidia is reportedly racking up design wins for its Tegra 2 chip set for smartphones and tablets, with many of the devices expected to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show.
If you had asked me earlier this year which company would introduce a dual-core phone first, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed LG. But now that is indeed what we’re getting: The Korean company today launched the Android-powered Optimus 2X, the first phone ever to sport a dual-core processor.
Video streaming start-up Boxee unleashed a flood of news today regarding its set-top Boxee Box: It’s now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon, it’s launching internationally in November, and most intriguingly, the company has dumped Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform in favor of a new Intel Atom chip.