NVIDIA says Tegra 3+ and devices with Tegra 3 and LTE due later this yearAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
There's been a lot of news coming out of the HTC Frequencies conference in Seattle, and HTC isn't the only one that's been making headlines at the gathering. NVIDIA general manager Mike Rayfield recently appeared at the conference to talk Tegra, and he offered up some interesting details about what NVIDIA's got in its Tegra pipeline. The first thing Rayfield discussed was a beefier version of the Tegra 3 that was referred to as "Tegra 3+," though that won't be the chipset's official moniker. Tegra 3+ will land later this year and, when it does, it'll apparently be "high performance" and a "pretty significant bump" over the Tegra 3. No other details on Tegra 3+ itself were mentioned, by Rayfield did say that the chipset will appear in both phones and tablets.
Rayfield didn't stop there, as he also touched a bit on Tegra and 4G LTE connectivity. He explained that although Tegra 3 could be paired with an LTE modem, "the guy who has LTE isn't all that excited about working with [him]," referring to Qualcomm, which is the largest manufacturer of LTE modems to date and is also one of NVIDIA's biggest competitors. Things will be changing later this year, though, as Rayfield said that other companies will soon be cranking out LTE modems that NVIDIA can pair Tegra with and that there'll be "numerous models that are LTE shipped with Tegra 3" in the third quarter.
So that's what we can expect from NVIDIA later this year. It's good to hear that the company is planning for Tegra 3-powered LTE devices in the third quarter, and although that may seem like a ways off now, at least we've got an idea of when those devices could begin popping up. As for Tegra 3+, well, there's not much we know about it now, but it'll be interesting to see how the chipset performs whenever it begins infiltrating phones and tablets. Stay tuned, mobile processor fans!