Shipment of Tablet PC Will Outpace NB PC in Five Years: NVIDIA

May 31, 2011 Ι Industry In-Focus Ι Electronics and Computers Ι By Philip Liu, CENS
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Taipei, May 31, 2011 (CENS)--Huang Jen-hsun, chief executive officer of NVIDIA, a leading graphic processing unit (GPU) supplier, predicted yesterday (May 30) that in five years, mobile computing device will become a standard equipment for every person and the sales of tablet PCs will exceed notebook PCs.

Meanwhile, Hung pointed out that NVIDIA will roll out three models of new graphic processors featuring 28 nanometer process technology during 2012-2014, which will be contract-manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.

Tablet PCs is an item under the spotlight during Computex Taipei 2011 and many tablet PCs on display, such as those of Acer, ASUS, Samsung, and LG, embraced Tegra 2 GPU of NVIDIA.

NVIDIA is the world's fifth largest IC design house and a key client of TSMC. Huang Jen-hsun remarked that tablet PC will become the most important version of PCs, due to its superior audio/visual effect and contents, and its sales will exceed that of NB PCs sooner or later. Huang is upbeat about the prospects of GPU, noting that the share of PCs furnished with GPU has jumped to 60% now, from 40% two years ago.

Meanwhile, of the world's top 20 telecom carriers, 14 are selling mobile devices furnished with Tegra. NVIDIA predicted that by the end of June, shipment of Tegra 2 will top 10 million units.

NVIDIA will roll out Kal-El GPU, a four-core device for mobile devices, featuring 3D, high definition, and performance which is five times Tegra 2. From 2012 through 2014, it will launch Wayne, Logan, and Stark GPUs featuring 28 nm process technology.
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