SAN FRANCISCO—Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra 2 mobile processor landed the key socket in media tablets announced at 2011 Mobile World Congress by LG Electronics Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
LG (Seoul, South Korea) Monday (Feb. 14) unveiled the LG Optimus Pad, featuring an 8.9-inch display and running version 3.0 of the Android operating system (also known as Honeycomb). According to LG, the Optimus Pad is the first tablet with a 3-D camera.
LG said the Optimus pad would begin shipping in March. The company did not disclose pricing for the product.
"With a flood of tablets hitting the market, we felt strongly that the LG Optimus Pad needed to set a new standard for what a tablet should be," said Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Co., in a statement.
Nvidia's Tegra 2 competes with applications processors from Texas Instruments Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Inc., Marvel Technology Group Ltd. and others in the red hot market. Dozens of tablet products are expected to be showcased this week at Mobile World Congress. Nvidia has previously racked up several tablet design wins, including the highly anticipated Motorola Xoom.
"The world of computing is shifting under our feet," said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of Nvidia's mobile business. “Tablets are quickly taking their place as our most personal computer, providing previously unimagined capabilities and full mobility."
On Sunday, Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Tegra 2-powered tablet with a 10.1-inch screen that also runs Android 3.0. Samsung's original Galaxy Tab, released last year, used Samsung's own Humming bird ARM-based processor.
"Our first Galaxy Tab successfully defined a new generation of Android tablets," said Hyungmoon Noh, vice president of Samsung's R&D strategy group, in a statement. "We've worked closely with Nvidia to raise the stakes again."
Noh said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would provide an optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising mobility.
Samsung did not say when the Galaxy Tab 10 would begin shipping.
The moment Google announced Android 3.0 reference design based on nVidia Tegra 2 platform, they already won. Now everyone will simply adopt the platform because Google has already done most of low level software work and testing.
BTW IMO Samsung 10" device is a big mistake. Most people bought the first gen Galaxy Tab because its a 7" device instead of 10". If one had to choose b/w two 10" devices, definitely most people are going to choose iPad.
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