Nvidia is now looking to get its processors into Windows-powered phones and is taking on Qualcomm with “Grey,” a combined baseband/processor chipset, in 2013, according to a number of slides Nvidia chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang presented at the Citi Technology Conference last week.
According to the roadmap, Nvidia’s Tegra processor will be making its way into Windows Phone by 2013. The Grey processor, which will combine Icera with Tegra, will be the first chipset that will combine graphics, mobile communications and processing power on a single chipset. It will be manufactured using a 28-nanometer process and will be developed with 2G/3G/4G capabilities. The chipset will match Qualcomm’s system-on-a-chip (SoC).
First up, we have the Kal-El, a quad-core processor that is set to arrive in tablets later this year. Then comes the Kal-El+ that is due to ship in mid-2012. Now much have been said about the processor, but it will likely pack improvements in battery and power consumptions. Then, in late 2012/early 2013, the roadmap forks into two serparate paths. The Wayne processor will be following the Kal-El+ processor, which is likely to garner the attention of people who demand the latest in their hardware. It will be followed by Grey, a low-power chipset with a modem and processor together.
What is interesting about this is that the Nvidia Tegra roadmap lists both Windows OS and Windows Phone, suggesting that there may be some similarities between the mobile and desktop operating systems in the future.