According to Asian sources, Samsung has a new slate in the works that will run Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips and Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system. It should launch at CES next month.
Apparently, Samsung has turned to Nvidia's silicon even though it has opted for its own system-on-a-chip solution for the Galaxy Tab. The change in stance allegedly came as a result of the fact that the graphics giant slashed Tegra 2 pricing across the board in an attempt to score new business. Digitimes' report based on "sources from notebook players" also claims that Chinese white-box players will go with Tegra 2 as their chip of choice for tablet PCs coming in the first quarter of next year.
In addition to Samsung, Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform has allegedly won support from a variety of other device makers, including well-known computer vendors such as Toshiba, Acer, and Asus that are all rumored to be developing Tegra 2 slates as well.
Such a broad industry support bodes well for Nvidia whose original Tegra platform failed to catch on in a big way, although the chips found their way into several big name devices like Microsoft's Zune media player.
If the industry as a whole adopts Nvidia 2 as its go-to platform for high performance mobile devices in 2011, this could pressure Imagination whose GPU designs power a large proportion of today's mobile devices and smartphones.
It'll be also interesting seeing which route Apple will take amid rumors that the company may drop Nvidia graphics from its MacBook line of notebooks in favor of Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform, to be launched at CES, that combines CPU and integrated graphics on a single chip, allowing for thinner designs and lower power consumption.