NVIDIA’s Tegra platform combines a low power ARM-based chip with a high performance graphics processor. This allows low power devices such as smartphones, portable media players, tablets, or handheld game consoles to handle HD video playback and 3D gaming without killing the battery too quickly. But as cool as the Tegra chipset is, it hasn’t shipped in many products from big-name device makers.
The biggest name in Tegra products right now is probably the Microsoft Zune HD, which shipped with a first-generation Tegra chip. NVIDIA has been pushing its next-generation Tegra 2 chipset for the past half year, but I haven’t seen any major products released with the chip yet.
But the folks at Semiaccurate say that hasn’t stopped NVIDIA from pushing on. The site reports that NVIDIA will soon announce a Tegra 3 or T30 platform. And if the tipsters are correct, NVIDIA will also announce a number of products expected to ship with the chipset.
Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait until mid-2011 until Tegra 3 is unleashed, which is an awfully long time in the tech world, so some of those products might not ever make it to market.