This week NVIDIA demonstrated the power of their Kepler GPU in its future iterations in an investor call covering both desktop and mobile computing. The three different elements that focus the power of NVIDIA's Kepler GPU were listed as SMX, Hyper-Q, and Dynamic Parallelism, each of these explained in brief, and two relatively new products were reintroduced: Tesla K10 and Tesla K20, the first available now, the second available in the forth quarter of 2012.
In an investor call this week with NVIDIA we're finding that there are more than a few surprises to be found in the mobile world - Android, gaming, Icera for LTE, and Tegra 3 included. NVIDIA Grey announced with Tegra 3 and Icera i500 chips combining in the next year to create devices that not only work with great processing speed, but amazing data speed as well with 4G LTE. NVIDIA let it be known that units being sold in the millions in 2012 was less than 200m, with 2013 already hitting 300m, then twice that again by 2015.
This week NVIDIA has brought forth the fury with an almost offhand mention of the fact that they've got plans for 28 more Tegra 3 quad-core smartphones for the year 2012. This adds to the two already announced Tegra 3 smartphones including the HTC One X which we've got a full review of as well as a hands-on with the other, that being the LG Optimus 4X. New devices will likely start popping up near the end of the year with 4G LTE capabilities as well via the Icera 410 for AT&T also announced this morning.
This week NVIDIA's head Jen-Hsung Huang is thrilling audiences once again with talk of massive expansion of the video game industry. This week he speaks of GeForce Grid, a system which will allow people to turn on a video game as simply as they would change a channel on their television. This system is based on a GPU - a GPU called GeForce Grid - which is made specifically to stream video games to any smartphone, tablet, TV, or PC with the same power as the rest.
This week NVIDIA has revealed a roadmap which shows the future of their mobile processor line including an upgraded Tegra 3 called T3+, with code-names Wayne and Grey splitting off in the third quarter of 2012 with LTE. Grey specifically will have access to LTE data speeds, with Tegra and Icera hardware being part of this sector for NVIDIA. The folks at NVIDIA have also shown their intent to work with such platforms as Linux, Windows, and Windows Phone in their Tegra line.
Verizon has reignited talk of a Windows Phone push, with comments by chief financial officer Fran Shammo prompting suggestions that the carrier might take a second try at pushing the Microsoft platform. The Windows Phone namecheck came at the tail-end of the carrier's financial results call earlier today, with Shammo saying that Verizon believes a third ecosystem is particularly important in the smartphone business, beyond merely Android and iPhone.
Verizon has spilled the beans on iPhone sales, announcing during the carrier's Q1 2012 financial results call that it has sold 3.2m of Apple's smartphones. The news means a dip in iPhone sales from Q4 2011, where Verizon announced it had sold 4.2m of the handsets, though a rise year-on-year. Back in Q1 2011, the carrier sold 2.2m of the CDMA iPhone 4. In fact, Apple sales continue to overshadow 4G LTE adoption.
Happy Friday, everyone. We made it to the end of yet another work week, and now it's time to check back on what made news on this day in tech. For starters, Google made a big splash when it announced it will bring "Do Not Track" functionality to Chrome. On a less surprising note, HP has confirmed it will be bringing a Windows 8 tablet to market this year, after the highly bungled webOS platform was officially chopped from the company's tablet portfolio.
Today the folks at NVIDIA have announced their brand new partnership with two of the world's top cellular silicon suppliers GCT Semiconductor and Renesas Mobile, both of them set to developer LTE alongside Tegra 3 a more integrated solution in smart devices than ever before. NVIDIA also recently announced their first Icera modem-toting smartphone which will also bring the chip-giant up in the world of all-chips in each mobile device. With Icera under NVIDIA's wing and the two big names in LTE development joining forces with them this week, NVIDIA is set to bring the integrated heat in 2012.
ZTE has already shown us three of its LTE-toting smartphones for Mobile World Congress next week; now the company has admitted it has a further five waiting in the wings for the smartphone show too. In addition to the Tegra 3-based ZTE Mimosa X, along with the PF200 and N910, the company has a range of other devices running Android and Windows Phone (ZTE actually says "Windows Mobile" but we're assuming that's a mistake) that it hopes will help propel it into the the top three handset companies by 2015.
This week we're getting one major influx of tips, previews, and leaks of information on the smartphone wave that's about to be crashing down upon us at Mobile World Congress 2012, and it's time you got a round-up! Everyone from Fujitsu to HTC and back to Nokia will be bringing some powerful combinations to the show, and with more cores, better resolution displays, and perhaps most exciting of all: much higher class cameras as well. This Spain adventure looks to be the best one yet - let's have at it!