NVIDIA Pushing Forward, Expects To Release 30 Tegra 3 Smartphones By The End Of The Year

NVIDIA was full of news today. First they announced that the NVIDIA Icera 410 LTE multimode data modem chipset had been tested and validated for operation on the AT&T 4G LTE network. Then, in the company’s annual investor meeting today, Nvidia GM Mike Rayfield, revealed quite a bombshell: 30 quad-core Tegra 3 smartphones by the end of 2012!

That’s a lot of smartphones in general, but 30 quad-core Tegra 3 devices in half a year’s time is astonishing. The insane part about it is, almost half of them will be budget phones! Say what? Tegra 3 budget phones? It’s going to be one hell of a summer!

It won’t be long before NVIDIA becomes a real challenger to Qualcomm, especially now that NVIDIA has a certified LTE modem — not to mention the i500 which they claim “will have next-gen LTE speeds beyond what we’ve seen thus far.” Of course we won’t see the i500 until next year but again: 30 quad-core Tegra 3 smartphones by the end of 2012!

Okay, so 30 smartphones will probably equate to a few spread across each region, but still, it’s great to see NVIDIA pushing forward the way they are. I can’t wait to see what they have to offer come Q3.