Tegra 4 Starts Shipping In 2Q13

NVIDIA had a really strong game with Tegra 3 on mobile segment and with upcoming Tegra 4 chip the company hopes to continue the tradition. Although Tegra 4 was unveiled at the CES tech show in January, NVIDIA's new mobile processor won't be available until late summer 2013.

During a conference call with financial analysts, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that Tegra 4 will ship by the end of the second quarter.

"We will ship Tegra 4 starting in Q2. We are ramping production now, and we will have full production release. The second quarter is when we ship to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device. Although it is in the latter part of Q2, it is going to be in Q2," said Jen-Hsun Huang.

This means we will not see any smartphones or tablets equipped with the chip until August or even September, which makes more room for Qualcomm and Samsung. Plus to this, recent rumours have been saying about not so good performance by Tegra 4 which apparently is even slower than the Nexus 10 and iPad 4. The other problem for NVIDIA is unusually small number of manufacturers who plans to release Tegra 4 devices.

This late release will also affect NVIDIA's Project Shield gaming console which is not expected to surface before September either.