Lower price components?
Like cheap caps? I seem to recall that not working out so well for some vendor a few years back...
Nvidia has let slip 'Kai', the quad-core ARM-architecture system-on-a-chip it hopes will get powerful tablets into World+Dog's hands for $199 (£127) a pop. Speaking to the chip designer's shareholders, investor relations chief Rob Csonger said: "Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice …
I don't think you can level that one just at Nvidia, half the tech industry were caught out by that dodgy electrolyte formula.
I've seen boards from countless manufacturers with caps labelled from countless other manufacturers which have spilt their guts for no reason.
However, if you wanted to some Nvidia ammunition you could always mention the poor bump material choice on their BGA chips which caused Apple to issue a recall and admit a status of "non-perfect"!
If Tegra3 is not cheaper than Tegra2 then the lack of cheap tegra2 tablets would not be indicative of a this panning out well.
Though a realy nice fast CPU and graphics chipset tied to a horribly cheap screen with little internal storage and poor battery life (yes even the best chipsets can be paired with a less than powerful battery) is not going to make much difference. This and if you have a cheap battery and screen then a cheaper chipset that is more than upto the screen size/performance makes more sence and does explain why this is not happening anytime soon in a reality near you.
Hope I'm wrong, but no spelling was involved so probably not alas :(.
I understand there's a fundamental reason it's hard to combine lots of flash and lots of logic or DRAM on the same die. More likely they would stack dies within the package, al la the combined NOR and RAMs you typically get in cell phones.
Combining state of the art logic with the RAM and flash would additionally expose Nvidia to vagaries of those markets. I would imagine they integrated their SoC to the point where everything bar the memory is built in, for example battery management, audio, radios for WiFi and Bluetooth, etc. This is how the SoCs for consumer optical players are done typically. The downstream manufacturer simply adds the appropriate memory, tweaks the firmware to suit their end product and puts it in a shiny box..
When will they get small enougth so I can have a tablet the size of an ipod nano?
Seriously though, this could mean cheaper phones as well as tablets if they have put mpost of the stuff onto a SOC, especially if they have 3G / LTE available on the chip as well for a little extra.
I look forward to the competition for the much more expensive tablets around today and the release of the first really high end phone for sub £400 on release.........
Does the Linux driver model actually permit that? When it was released the argument that only the WDDM (Windows Vista/7 driver model) had the required functionality. I'm not sufficiently familiar with the Linux driver model to make that assessment.
>Hawaii five-o......I wanna know how they get them back without
.......not watched it since that scene in the early days, when Chin and Boomer were in a gallery looking at a sculpture and the plot required they know the artist for some reason
Boomer said 'why don't you Bing it?' and Chin produced a WM7 Handset and used the camera to pull up an artists portfolio from the sculpture.
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