Motorola Rumored to Sport Tegra 2 Chips, Not 2 GHz CPUs

It was previously reported that Motorola may be ambitious with its Android smartphone plans with a 2 GHz CPU smartphone release, but that may not be the case. It seems that the information may have been taken out of context as a recent tip to Android and Me has it that Motorola will be going the route of LG with its Optimus smartphone line by employing dual-core Tegra 2 chips.

The 2 GHz remark was uttered by CEO Sanjay Jha in a speech and later confirmed by Motorola’s spokesperson, but may be taken to mean a dual-core CPU at 1 GHz each.

For its Droid handsets, Motorola has been using OMAP chips from Texas Instruments with integrated graphics by PowerVR. If this recent speculation is correct, it would mark the first time Motorola is using a non-TI-made chip in its smartphones. A shift to the Tegra 2 chips will give Motorola a boost against competitors as the Tegra 2 uses an ARM Cortex A9 reference design based on two cores at 1 Ghz each. Additionally, it is said that the Tegra 2 will give better graphics performance.

A number of dual-core chips are or will be available–Samsung, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments have all promised dual-core CPUs. It is speculated that Samsung may limit their Orion dual-core chips to Samsung Mobile while Qualcomm is saying that devices with dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon chips won’t ship until late 2011. That leaves NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 and TI’s dual-core OMAP solutions, though many are doubting TI will have a dual-core solution ready in time.

(via: Android and Me)

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