Pre MWC2013: Nvidia launches its Qualcomm-killer: The Tegra 4i
Nvidia has launched its first integrated smartphone chip that combines its GPU-based application processor and a modem. The new chip will give Nvidia a processor to compete against Qualcomm’s integrated chips.
Nvidia has launched an integrated smartphone chip designed for mainstream smartphones in a bid to take on Qualcomm’s processor dominance in mobile handsets. The Tegra 4i is part of what will now be a family of Tegra 4 smartphone chips, with the 4 aimed at high-end phones and tablets and the 4i aimed at phones in the $100 to $200 range.
The Tegra 4i could support delivery of 1080p video playback on a 5-inch screen, according to the reference design Nvidia showed off with the launch (see above). The Nvidia spokesman expects features like the HD playback to become mainstream by the time these chips hit the market at the end of 2013.