2011 could be Nvidia’s lucky year, as the dual-core Tegra 2 chipset may be getting some love in the tablet market, in addition to its smartphone presence in the LG Star and the recently-announced LG Optimus 2X.
Samsung, which is already making plans for its next Galaxy Tab despite the recent release of the first, has supposedly “placed a sizeable order with Nvidia for Tegra 2 chips in the first half of 2011, geared for both tablets and smartphones,” according to Citigroup’s Glen Yeung. BMO Capital Markets analyst Ambrish Srivastava said that the Galaxy Tab successor is one of those devices that will use the Tegra 2, although this raises questions, as Samsung is supposedly producing its own dual-core chip.
Additionally, Yeung said Google has made Tegra the “reference design” for Android OS 3.0, codename “Honeycomb”. With the support of a giant like Google, the Tegra 2 may finally see some success in the tablet market, despite a rocky start with the problem-plagued Viewsonic G and Toshiba Folio 100 tablets.