Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang thinks the future crop of Android tablets using the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor will, “give you the benefit of higher performance and much, much better multitasking and better graphics.”
In addition, they will compete with the iPad by providing a different experience, and perhaps innovative designs.
Huang stated, “… I think the high-level concept is that when you have such an incredibly low-power SOC, then industrial design freedom really grows.”
“It’s a tablet that uses a phone operating system on a large display,” Huang said about Samsung’s Froyo-powered device. “A tablet is not a large phone.”
Huang, who added that Nvidia-powered Android tablets were delayed a few months while Google, Nvidia, and the manufacturers worked to perfect the devices (and perhaps wait for Android Gingerbread or Honeycomb), also thinks the coming wave of tablets will disrupt the notebook — and even desktop — market.
“By being able to connect a wireless keyboard and mouse, the difference between a tablet and notebook is pretty marginal,” he said, later adding that tablets “will be quite disruptive to notebooks and entry-level desktops.”
Devices sporting the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor have been twirling around the rumor mill since the iPad announcement in early 2010. LG, Toshiba, MSI, ViewSonic and ASUS either have announced products with the chipset or are rumored to be working on them.
Also, during a Nvidia earnings report conference call, Huang stated that tablets are no fad.
“This isn’t a fad. Everybody’s building tablets because it’s just so important. Car companies are working on tablets, consumer electronics companies are working on tablets, computer companies are working on tablets, and communications companies are working on tablets. The medical industry is working on tablets.”