Rumor: Second-gen Tegra scores big design wins


— 6:00 AM on January 29, 2010

Nvidia's original Tegra system-on-a-chip made its way in a handful of devices, most notably Microsoft's Zune HD and D-Link's Boxee Box. According to the folks at TechEye, however, that's hardly anything compared to what's in store for the second-gen Tegra.

TechEye got word from an anonymous source that "every major PC maker will be including Tegra in its tablet line-up this year"—even Dell will join the fun, the story adds. We know at least MSI and Foxconn are part of the list, because they had prototypes on display at the second-gen Tegra launch event. TechEye expects an MSI product based on the new Tegra to come out some time next quarter. Foxconn, meanwhile, makes hardware for a number of big PC vendors.

Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the second-generation Tegra features two 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor cores, enough graphics horsepower to run Unreal Engine 3 and decode 1080p video, all with quoted power draw of only 500mW. Nvidia claims Tegra 2 devices can play back high-definition video for more than 16 hours on a single charge.

Although we can't confirm TechEye's story, the new Tegra certainly looks like it's in a good position to power iPad competitors. Apple based its own device on a custom-designed system-on-a-chip, the Apple A4, which we'd wager Steve Jobs isn't going to sell to other firms. A story posted earlier this week on Bright Side Of News suggests the A4 also includes ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor logic, so the second-gen Tegra might actually offer similar CPU horsepower and perhaps better graphics.

   
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