NVIDIA Talks Second Half 2013 Tegra 4 Availability (Or Sooner?)
NVIDIA’s A15-based Tegra 4 SoC has the potential to be one of the big chips to arrive this year. While we’ve heard that the company has been having trouble getting manufacturers to commit to the Tegra 4, that’s just a rumor for the moment, and the Tegra 3 certainly made it into a whole lot of products. NVIDIA announced the chip back during the CES, but so far we haven’t had much of an idea of when the first Tegra 4-running products might end up launching. We finally have a preliminary timetable now, thanks to the company’s revelations during a call to investors.
The Tegra 4 should first ship to OEMs during Q2 of the company’s fiscal year 2014, specifically towards the end of it. That quarter wraps-up at the end of July, so if companies aren’t getting their hands on the SoC until late June or July, we wouldn’t expect to see it in any commercially available products until a couple months later, at the earliest.
So, who will have the first Tegra 4-based products? We’re now hearing that ASUS could still be a contender, despite rumors that it will go with Qualcomm for the new Nexus 7, and NVIDIA always has its own Project Shield gaming console to showcase its new chipset.
Update: Now we’re hearing that NVIDIA was talking about regular Q2 2013, and not its fiscal Q2 2014. In that case, we could see Tegra 4-running products sometime this summer, easily.