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Will 2013 be Qualcomm’s year with new Google Nexus 7 tablet win?

If Digitimes’ report on Monday is to be believed, Qualcomm may well displace Nvidia as the primary supplier of system-on-chip for the follow up of Google’s uber-popular Nexus 7 tablet (opens in new tab) which is produced by Asus.

The second iteration of the Nexus 7 is expected to be launched in May and is expected to attract at least an order of eight million units worth an estimated $160 million (based on the estimated component price of the Nvidia Tegra 3, which stands at $21).

Feature integration, rather than price, is being quoted as being the main reason why Qualcomm might win this massive contract. Oddly enough, Digitimes’ piece mentions “communication chip and integration process”.

Whether or not that would indicate that future Nexus 7 would come with 3G functionality by default remains to be seen.

The Qualcomm MSM8626 and MSM8226, part of the Snapdragon 400 family, are the two likely contenders to become the next SoC in Google’s tablet.

They are based on the Cortex-A7 architecture with four cores clocked at 1.4GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU.

Nvidia reportedly sold more than 10 million Tegra 3 SoC for tablets in 2012 with orders for the Nexus 7 tablet swallowing 60 per cent of that.

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.