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Qualcomm to Lose HTC to Nvidia Tegra 3?

HTC will apparently break the exclusivity of Qualcomm by adopting the penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset to power a new handset, the Edge, that is set to be launched next year at MWC.

According to Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes (opens in new tab), the phone will launch either in March or April and will come with Nvidia's chipset, which would be a blow to Qualcomm who may lose both HTC and Sony Ericsson as exclusive partners in a single year.

In addition, Microsoft has also confirmed that ST-Ericsson will also start producing chips for Windows Phone handsets ,heralding the end of the monopoly Qualcomm had on the platform.

Samsung Electronics, Motorola and LG have also adopted the Tegra 3 for their handsets and Asus has already shipped the first tablet based on the chipset , the Transformer Prime.

The new Tegra 3 adopts a similar strategy as ARM's big.LITTLE or TI's OMAP4, with smaller CPU(s) taking over from big ones for mundane and light tasks.

Nvidia says that the system on chip has three times the graphics performance of its predecessor - thanks to 12 GPU cores - while consuming almost two thirds less power than the Tegra 2.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.