Nvidia's Project Shield due late next quarter

That nifty Project Shield handheld console is on the way—and with Nvidia's next-generation Tegra 4 processor in tow. Both the chip and the handheld powered by it were unveiled at CES last month, and Nvidia provided an update about its schedule during its quarterly conference call earlier this week.

So, when is the new hardware due?

According to AnandTech, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that Project Shield will arrive in the "latter part" of the second quarter—meaning some time between mid-May and late June. There was apparently some confusion over whether Huang meant the second calendar quarter or the second quarter of Nvidia's fiscal year, which ends in July, but it turned out to be the former. AnandTech confirmed that with the company.

Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip is also rumored to power an upcoming HP tablet based on Google's Android software. The rumor mill hasn't quoted a release timetable for that device, but according to ReadWrite, "sources say it could be one of the first tablets to ship with the Tegra 4." If that's the case, then we might see that device debut in the May-June time frame, as well.

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