NVIDIA’s been talking for a while now about the SoCs it plans to introduce as follow-ups to the quad-core Tegra 3 we’re now seeing in phones and tablets. There have been two distinct phases of these next-generation chips that the company’s been preparing for, known by their codenames Wayne and Grey. As NVIDIA continues to share details about these chips, it’s indicated a desire to branch out from Android and see Tegra-series components come to Windows Phone devices.
One of the several differences between Wayne and Grey chips will be how they work with 4G data. Wayne will supposedly support LTE communications, but only when paired with a separate LTE radio. Grey, on the other hand, will be the platform that finally introduces technology from Icera, which NVIDIA acquired last year. That will bring NVIDIA its first full-integrated LTE solution.
There were some hopes earlier this year that the first Grey chips might come out before the end of 2012, but this most recent roadmap NVIDIA’s been sharing shows them not getting here until 2013; Wayne, on the other hand, should debut before the year’s out.
We’re not sure if any device manufacturers have expressed interest to NVIDIA, but the company seems to be targeting both Windows Phone handsets and Windows 8 tablets for the inclusion of these Grey chips. How does the thought of a quad-core Apollo phone with LTE data sound to you? Hopefully, we’ll get a better idea of just what kind of hardware we might be talking about as we get closer to 2013.