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Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:46

Qualcomm unimpressed by Tegra 3

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No source of concern, S4 will win


Qualcomm seems unfazed by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset and it believes upcoming Snapdragon S4 chips will be more than enough to keep up.

Although Nvidia is the only ARM player to develop and ship a 40nm quad-core, it seems the rest of the ARM crowd is not too concerned, despite the fact their 28nm quad-cores will ship a few months behind Nvidia.

Qualcomm Senior VP of Software Strategy Rob Chandhok stressed that Qualcomm’s strategy does not revolve around a “single instance” product like Tegra 3. Instead, Qualcomm focuses on driving a family of products designed for more flexibility, allowing Qualcomm to cover all market niches, from cheap single-core chips to multicore designs.

“You’re going to see hundreds of S4 devices in the market place. How many are going to have Tegra 3?” he said.

Of course, this is a valid point. Nvidia focused all its efforts on just two chips, rather than a comprehensive range. So, while Qualcomm has more than 300 design wins in the smartphone market alone, Nvidia has just a dozen, and those are Tegra 2 phones. Tegra 3 will find its way to a few phones, but it will be more successful in the tablet market. However, the Android tablet market is very, very small.

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-3 #1 STRESS 2011-12-15 13:31
Right they are the only one which seems to be impressed is FUAD but he is majorily nVidia-biased anyway
 
 
-6 #2 nele 2011-12-15 13:34
Quoting STRESS:
Right they are the only one which seems to be impressed is FUAD but he is majorily nVidia-biased anyway




Yes, and that's why he's posting this on his own site... :-*
 
 
-2 #3 STRESS 2011-12-15 13:41
Quoting nele:
Quoting STRESS:
Right they are the only one which seems to be impressed is FUAD but he is majorily nVidia-biased anyway




Yes, and that's why he's posting this on his own site... :-*

I did say FUAD not FUDZILLA Look at who's the author of this article is and look at all Tegra articles posted by Fuad in the past six months.
 
 
0 #4 nele 2011-12-15 13:59
Quoting STRESS:
Quoting nele:
Quoting STRESS:
Right they are the only one which seems to be impressed is FUAD but he is majorily nVidia-biased anyway




Yes, and that's why he's posting this on his own site... :-*

I did say FUAD not FUDZILLA Look at who's the author of this article is and look at all Tegra articles posted by Fuad in the past six months.




Yes, but he is the editor - so it wouldn't be published if he was as biased as you imply...
 
 
+2 #5 milkod2001 2011-12-15 15:36
Quoting nele:
Quoting STRESS:
Quoting nele:
Quoting STRESS:
Right they are the only one which seems to be impressed is FUAD but he is majorily nVidia-biased anyway




Yes, and that's why he's posting this on his own site... :-*

I did say FUAD not FUDZILLA Look at who's the author of this article is and look at all Tegra articles posted by Fuad in the past six months.




Yes, but he is the editor - so it wouldn't be published if he was as biased as you imply...
Fuad is actually not so obvious Nvidia Arse kisser as he used to be, he can write some nice things about AMD too these days :)
 
 
0 #6 eddman 2011-12-15 16:45
Fuad seems to prefer nvidia over AMD, but I don't remember him writing bad stuff about AMD or bashing them for no reason, unlike that ex-pal of his at semiaccurate.

On topic; of course qualcomm would say that, what did you expect. Have you ever seen ferrari praising porsche cars?

Tegra 3 seems to be a pretty good chip. It won't beat S4 but was never meant to.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5175/asus-transformer-prime-followup

You wrote about quad S4s in a few months, but IIRC they are scheduled for Q4 2012. Only dual S4s will launch in Q1 2012. Did they speed up their plans?
 
 
-1 #7 Jay 2011-12-16 01:32
Qualcomm should buy AMD..back in the day Qualcomm was nothing they AMD sold them Imageon for a throw-away price...now Qualcomm makes more profits than AMD CPU + GPU divison combined. Qualcomm should buy AMD & Samsung should buy them, then Intel & Nvidia will shit their pants
 
 
+1 #8 godrilla 2011-12-16 02:44
Just like tegra 2 was hot for a a month or so tegra 3 will be also be hot for a month or 2 untill 28nm quad chips launch more than 2 ghz @ lower power.
Its nvidia fault and no one else. Where is that quad core tablet?
They always promise and never deliver. They said august we will see a quad core tablet. Well if tegra 3 indeed launched in august it would have bin a really good competitor for ipad for back to school sale and holiday. But both those are passing and were almost in 2012 and no product.
As for asus prime that's rumored for january now. Wtf! Due to wifi issues.


The crazy thing is nvidia a graphics company gets raped in the tegra 3 graphics vs A5 chip three quarters later.
 
 
+3 #9 eddman 2011-12-16 03:17
Quoting godrilla:
The crazy thing is nvidia a graphics company gets raped in the tegra 3 graphics vs A5 chip three quarters later.

Tegra 3 with 4+1 cores is about 80mm^2, A5 with 2 cores is about 120 mm^2. That's 50% bigger for A5. You know why it's so big? Because most of that space is taken up by the GPU. nvidia never aimed to better A5 in GPU performance. They went for more cores and low power consumption.
 
 
0 #10 godrilla 2011-12-16 03:21
Makes sense I know they wanted and got the more powerful and effiecent cpu.
 

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