NVIDIA's second-generation Tegra SoC is expected to be announced at CES in January, and the first devices with the Tegra 2 should arrive later that year. NVIDIA expects a lot from its Tegra business, the GPU maker hopes that by the end of fiscal 2011, Tegra will add $100 million to its quarterly revenue. For comparison, NVIDIA posted a revenue of $903 million last quarter.
“At CES we are going to make a major announcement about Tegra family. It is highly possible that we will see some very interesting form-factors coming out at the same time. [There will be products] shown by our partners using the next-generation Tegra device. You are going to see roll-outs and deployments of tablet PCs, smartbooks, netbooks, MIDs throughout the first half [of the year]; and then you will see major roll-outs of smartphones in the second half,” said Michael Hara, senior vice president of investor relations and communications at Nvidia, at Barclays Technology Conference last week.
Few details are known about Tegra 2 at the moment, but at various events Nvidia’s high-ranking executives said that the next-gen Tegra will be at least two times more powerful than the predecessor. In particular, the SoC will feature a dual-core ARM general-purpose processor as well as more powerful graphics technology inside. Perhaps, Tegra 2 will also use faster memory and will have other improvements. Michael Hara said that Nvidia Tegra 2 will be made using 40nm low-power process technology.