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Nvidia To Provide Tegra Chip For Kindle Fire Followup

Nvidia is set to replace Texas Instruments as the supplier of the application processor for the next iteration of the Kindle Fire tablet, the most serious rival to the iPad 2.

Canaccord Genuity analyst Bobby Burleson (via Forbes (opens in new tab)), published a note in which he mentions conversations he had with sources in the tablet supply chain.

He also adds that the next Fire tablet will have an 8.9-inch screen rather than the smaller 7-inch one that it inherited from the RIM Blackberry PlayBook template used to build the first Kindle Fire.

Whether this is indeed true remains to be seen and it is not known whether price or performance (or both) was the determining factor in the potential selection of Nvidia.

Most of the first generation Android tablets on the market are powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 including the Motorola XOOM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and many smaller players like the Advent Vega and the Hannspree Hannspad.

The tablet is likely to be powered by a customised version of the Nvidia Tegra 2, one which is finetuned for Amazon's own custom-made version of Android, just like the Apple iOS and Apple A4/A5 tandem.

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.