- The Future of Mobility [Infographic] (philippetrebaul1.wordpress.com)
- The future of mobile graphics: Better, faster, cheaper, & way more 3D (venturebeat.com)
A good video on semiconductor manufacturing process
I wanted to write about NVidia Tegra 4 mobile processor for some time and I thought this is the perfect time. According to rumors and a leak on a chinese web site padbbs.zol.com.cn, NVidia has been working on its own 7″ Tablet powered by its own 1.8 GHz Tegra mobile CPU. There is even some preliminary AnTuTu scores for the NVidia TegraTAB. Clocking in at 1810 MHz and running Android 4.2.2, the TegraTAB scored a very decent 27,643 points.
Despite the impressive performance of the Tegra 4, the mobile processor is no longer considered the growth driver for NVidia. NVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang expressed disappointment with its Tegra line. Revenue for Tegra is down between $100 million to $300 million for the second quarter. Sales for Tegra 3 dropped 49% from previous quarter and 71% compared to last year. The transition from Tegra 3 to Tegra 4 further complicates the issue.
NVidia was hoping to gain share with Microsoft’s Surface RT, but it is certainly not doing well. Another issue is the Google Nexus 7, the first generation tablet did not perform well and Google made the decision to switch to Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro running at 1.5 GHz.
According to the benchmark results from an NVidia Tegra 4 developer kit, NVidia Tegra 4 scored the highest against Apple A6, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. It achieved 36,489 vs Snapdragon 800 35,172. Regardless, nVidia Tegra 4 is able to keep pace with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 though it can’t encode 4K Video like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
I wonder what is next for NVidia Tegra product line? Partnering with more handset manufacturers? Winning more Tablet sockets?
I read with a great deal of interest MediaTek’s quiet launch of its latest MT6592 8 core processor. According to MediaTek’s General Manager in China, MediaTek will be taking the MT6592 Oct core processor into production in Q4 this year.
The MediaTek MT6592 is an impressive processor. When operating at 1.7 GHz, this processor was able to score a respectable 29600 points on the AnTuTu benchmark. Even though this is not as high as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 or NVidia’s Tegra 4 processor, both of which scored around 33000, the cost of MediaTek MT6592 makes it an attractive alternative to its rivals.
According to MediaTek, the MT6592 is positioned as a mid range processor and targeted at handsets priced between 2500 -3000 RMB (approx. USD $400-$480). This chip is based on a 28 nm process and sports an Octa core Cortex-A7 CPU running at 2 GHz and a quad core Mali GPU.
Really like this slide deck posted by JJ Wu on Slideshare. I especially like the teardown section that shows the components in the phone:
It is amazing to see Google’s Android OS dominating the smartphone space in less than five years. I guess Open Source software really does help create a large community of developers and help push the envelop on new features targeted for mobile devices. The mind boggling statistic is the 48 billion applications that have been installed in 900 million Android devices by May 2013 (according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
As we’ve seen over the past few years, Blackberry’s OS, once a dominant OS, has seen its share dwindle to a miserable 3%, down from 5% a year ago. Goes to show it is extremely challenging to go it alone and maintain a proprietary platform. Blackberry got blind sighted and left behind by its competitors. It is now contemplating going private to fix its issues out of the limelight. Not sure if this is going to help, really.