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Nvidia's Tegra 2 powers new LG, Samsung tablets

Posted: 17 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tegra 2 mobile processor? LG Optimus Pad? Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

Nvidia Corp. has scored major design wins, its Tegra 2 mobile processor finding its way into the new media tablets launched by LG Electronics Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd at the 2011 Mobile World Congress.

Seoul, South Korea-based LG unveiled on February 14 the LG Optimus Pad, featuring an 8.9-inch display and running version 3.0 of the Android OS (also known as Honeycomb). According to LG, the Optimus Pad is the first tablet with a 3D camera.

LG said the Optimus pad would begin shipping in March. The company did not disclose pricing for the product.

"With a flood of tablets hitting the market, we felt strongly that the LG Optimus Pad needed to set a new standard for what a tablet should be," said Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Co., in a statement.

Nvidia's Tegra 2 competes with applications processors from Texas Instruments Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Inc., Marvel Technology Group Ltd and others in the red-hot market. Dozens of tablet products are expected to be showcased this week at Mobile World Congress. Nvidia has previously racked up several tablet design wins, including the highly anticipated Motorola Xoom.

"The world of computing is shifting under our feet," said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of Nvidia's mobile business. "Tablets are quickly taking their place as our most personal computer, providing previously unimagined capabilities and full mobility."

On Sunday, Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Tegra 2-powered tablet with a 10.1-inch screen that also runs Android 3.0. Samsung's original Galaxy Tab, released last year, used Samsung's own Hummingbird ARM-based processor.

"Our first Galaxy Tab successfully defined a new generation of Android tablets," said Hyungmoon Noh, vice president of Samsung's R&D strategy group, in a statement. "We've worked closely with Nvidia to raise the stakes again."

Noh said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would provide an optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising mobility.

Samsung did not say when the Galaxy Tab 10 would begin shipping.

Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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