Nvidia hopes to be first to market with a mobile quad-core processor. President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the company’s plan to release the processor, code named Kal-El, for tablets by the end of the year.
Huang confirmed to Forbes that Google Android tablets will be the first to integrate the processor.
That puts Nvidia ahead of rival Qualcomm. Huang said that Nvidia pulled ahead using advanced technology and engineering from the company’s graphics processing unit (GPU) business.
Last May, Nvidia acquired baseband processor maker Icera and Huang expects that by the second quarter 2012, Nvidia’s Tegra processor will include Icera’s technology. When this happens, quad-core processing power can be integrated into smartphones. “We’ll be very pleased if we can be a sizable player in the mainstream phone market,” said Huang.
Huang is also very optimistic about Nvidia’s future saying that he estimates that his company will ship one billion mobile processors by 2015. Nvidia processors currently power 50 percent of the available Android smart phones and 70 percent of Android tablets.