In May of last year NVIDIA was on a roll. Hot off the release of the first Tegra 2 based phones, NVIDIA announced the intent to acquire baseband manufacturer Icera for $367M. Four months later, NVIDIA announced that it would have a new addition to the Tegra family, codenamed Grey, in 2013 with an integrated Icera modem. The timing makes sense (albeit a bit aggressive) as it does take time to integrate new technology into an SoC, followed by all of the testing and validation that goes along with the integration. Between now and 2013 however there was always the chance that NVIDIA would deliver a discrete Icera based solution to a customer. Today we have the first customer that has done just that. The...

Acer Iconia A500 - Honeycomb on a Budget

Next in our series of Honeycomb tablet reviews is the Acer Iconia Tab A500. The A500 was the second Honeycomb tablet to go on sale, and is one of...

46 by Vivek Gowri & Jarred Walton on 6/24/2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: The Sleekest Honeycomb Tablet

I remember standing in the audience of Samsung's CTIA press conference as it announced, for the first time ever, pricing and availability of its unreleased Galaxy Tab 10.1 and...

108 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/13/2011

Toshiba Thrives in the Tablet Market

We had an opportunity to meet with representatives from Toshiba this afternoon to talk about their upcoming consumer hardware, but while the majority of it is still under NDA...

28 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/7/2011

Computex 2011: MSI's Brazos, Cedar Trail and Tegra 2 Tablets

I met with MSI yesterday, a company that has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late. ASUS is the only motherboard manufacturer that...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

NVIDIA's Kal-El Glowball Shows off Dynamic Lighting & Quad-Core Physics on a Tablet

I've warned both Qualcomm and TI that the danger they have to face in the SoC space going forward isn't just NVIDIA engineering, but NVIDIA marketing. Although too aggressive...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/29/2011

NVIDIA to Acquire Icera, Adds Software Baseband to its Portfolio

Late last year Intel announced the intention to acquire Infineon’s Wireless Solutions business, highlighting an important trend in the application processor space: those determined to lead in the smartphone/tablet...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/9/2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review

ASUS was at the forefront of the netbook revolution thanks to its close partnerships with Intel and Microsoft. ASUS has been all but absent from the smartphone and tablet...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2011

Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 Joins the Honeycomb Party

Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 Joins the Honeycomb Party The year of the tablet continues, and every major manufacturer—and many smaller parties as well—are keen to get their cut of the...

53 by Jarred Walton on 4/8/2011

Motorola Xoom Review: The First Honeycomb Tablet Arrives

A year has passed without a significant Android competitor to Apple's iPad. Today that all changes as Google and Motorola unveil the world's first Honeycomb tablet: the Xoom. With...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2011

Samsung's Tegra 2 Superphone: The GT-I9103

On Day 0 of this year's Mobile World Congress Samsung and NVIDIA announced that the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come to market with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 (T20) SoC...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/16/2011

NVIDIA's Project Kal-El: Quad-Core A9s Coming to Smartphones/Tablets This Year

NVIDIA just dropped a bombshell. Not only is its third generation Tegra architecture, codenamed Kal-El, back from the fab but it's up and running Android after only 12 days...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/15/2011

Samsung Intros NVIDIA Tegra 2 based Galaxy Tab 10.1 & New Superphone, Galaxy S II Debuts

Including Apple, we've covered six major players in the high end smartphone SoC space: Apple, Intel, NVIDIA, TI, Samsung and Qualcomm. Not all of these six will survive in...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2011

MWC 2011: LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad Announced

Mobile World Congress 2011 is upon us, and LG is kicking things off by announcing the Optimus 3D smartphone and the Optimus Pad tablet. The Optimus 3D is an...

4 by Vivek Gowri on 2/13/2011

The Motorola Atrix 4G Preview

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to join a bunch of NVIDIA employees for dinner. Among those at the table were Michael Toksvig and Tony Tamasi...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2011

LG Optimus 2X & NVIDIA Tegra 2 Review: The First Dual-Core Smartphone

2011 is going to be a year dominated by multi-core smartphone launches, but there always has to be a first. So just like that, we have our first example...

75 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/7/2011

CES 2011: Motorola Xoom & NVIDIA Tegra 2: The Honeycomb Platform

The two biggest announcements at CES 2011? Intel’s Sandy Bridge and pretty much everything NVIDIA talked about at its press conference (as well as the MS Windows 8/ARM announcement...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

Anand Goes Hands On with Motorola's Atrix 4G Webtop

Today I was finally able to spend some time with Motorola’s Atrix 4G and its webtop dock. For those of you who don’t know, earlier in the week Motorola...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2011

Hands On With Motorola's Tegra 2 Devices: Atrix 4G, Droid Bionic, XOOM Tablet

Today Motorola unveiled 4 new Android based devices during their press conference at CES today; three smartphones and 1 tablet. We were able to get some limited hands...

21 by Manveer Wasson on 1/6/2011

NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Take Two: More Architectural Details and Design Wins

Twelve months ago NVIDIA stood on stage at CES and introduced its Tegra 2 SoC. It promised dozens of design wins and smartphones shipping before Spring 2010. That obviously...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

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