Now that the Nintendo 3DS console has earned the honour of being the world’s first handheld computing device capable of producing 3D images, it should come as little surprise that the race to be the next such device has just gotten a little more intense. A leaked NVIDIA slide has revealed that the graphics giant is planning to bring the power of 3D to devices such as tablets and smartphones, and the first such product might start showing itself as soon as Spring hits this year.
That being said, it is clear that NVIDIA is not about to stop at merely making Tegra 2 the fastest and most powerful SoC of its class, especially if one takes into account the company’s ambitious track record. According to leaked company slides obtained by TechEye, it appears that the company has got something even more ambitious planned in store for consumers and OEMs, and this comes in the form of a 3D-capable Tegra 2 SoC that is allegedly due for shipping as early as spring this year.
In addition, TechEye also claims that 3D Tegra 2-powered smartphones and tablets are unlikely to use the same 3D technology utilized by the Nintendo 3DS console. According to the website, NVIDIA’s solution is considered the “real deal” because it does not make use of a “parallax barrier” to achieve its 3D effect, which is considered to be rather limiting in the viewing angle department. Instead, the Tegra 2 3D SoC will utilize a more advanced “cell parallax” technology which “uses individual cells to create the 3D effect”.
However, it is the expected date of production and availability that is probably the real crux of the story. Considering that the announcement of Tegra 2-powered smartphones was made by NVIDIA only three weeks ago, it is clear that such ‘superphones’ have yet to fully take off in the market. And with NVIDIA announcing mass production of the 3D-capable Tegra 2 SoCs in as early as Q1 this year, it is likely that NVIDIA’s move will not be warmly welcomed by OEMs who have already made substantial investments into developing smartphones and tablets for the standard Tegra 2 platform. After all, who wants to spend good money on a ‘superphone’ when ‘3D superphones’ are already starting to show up on the horizon of future smartphone releases?
Source and slides: TechEye