Analyst: Samsung places large Tegra 2 order for use in smartphones and tabletsAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Samsung has already announced that they've got their own dual-core processors in the works, but if a couple of analyst reports are correct, they won't be using it in their upcoming tablet and smartphone lineup. Glen Yeung, analyst for Citi Group, is reporting that Samsung has made a "sizable order" of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chips for the first half of 2011 that will be used in both its tablets and smartphones. Why use a Tegra 2 instead of their own silicon? Yeung speculates that Google has made NVIDIA's chip the "reference design" for Honeycomb-powered tablets. Considering both of Yeung's claims, then BMO Capital Markets analyst Ambrish Srivastava's belief that Samsung's Galaxy Tab successor will be powered by a Tegra 2 core makes quite a bit of sense.
It's kind of strange that Samsung would opt to use NVIDIA's processors rather than their own, especially considering how well the Hummingbird chips have performed in the Galaxy devices, but I'm sure they have their reasons. Perhaps their products won't be ready for prime time. We've already seen the Tegra 2 perform well, though, so I'm sure that Samsung and their upcoming devices will do just fine.
Via Engadget, Barron's, Forbes