When NVIDIA's Tegra SoC was released in 2009, it was heralded - at least by the manufacturer - as a revolution in portable media. Offering low-power usage and the ability to decode 720p video with ease, it lived up to those promises on the few devices that made use of it. Now a report from SemiAccurate is suggesting that the design of Tegra 3 has been finalised, ready for a mid-2011 launch.
Missing in action
At this point. you may be wondering what exactly happened to Tegra 2. Well, not a lot.
The new dual-core chip, which doubles up the graphics performance of its predecessor and supports 1080p video decoding, has thus far struggled to make an impact at retail. While there were a few tablets floating around at Computex powered by the SoC, no major manufacturers have managed to bring one to market. The closest example might be Notion Ink's Adam and even that's still a few months away.
Having said that, it's not as if the first iteration was particularly successful. NVIDIA's own website lists only the Zune HD and the Boxee Box as examples of current Tegra powered devices, and we all remember what happened to the world's first Tegra-powered smartphone, don't we?
Catch a Tegra by the toe
Unfortunately, there's not even much information on what Tegra 3, which has been given the product name T30, will bring to the table. Improved performance and lower power consumption seem obvious, but in terms of new features, it really is anyone's guess.
If Tegra 2 devices manage to make it to retail by the end of this year, we could conceivably see the follow up being available by the end of 2011. The Tegra family does appear to have plenty to offer, but can NVIDIA find partners that share its enthusiasm?