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Tegra 2 is already the offical development platform for Android 3.0.
I meant more like in-house stuff possibly, rather than selling tegra 2 to other producers.

Maybe not an nVidia branded device, but a near wholly-built nVidia reference platform to sell, rather than just tegra 2 CPU/GPU.
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I meant more like in-house stuff possibly, rather than selling tegra 2 to other producers.

Maybe not an nVidia branded device, but a near wholly-built nVidia reference platform to sell, rather than just tegra 2 CPU/GPU.
Why? NVIDIA does not deal with end-users products today (except for the recent test of NVIDIA-branded video cards).

NVIDIA also does not have the ecosystem to sell a reference platform. Other companies produce NAND, RAM, LCD, PCB, etc already. Companies like Samsung or Asus have some of the capital investments already for manufacturering.
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Why? NVIDIA does not deal with end-users products today (except for the recent test of NVIDIA-branded video cards).

NVIDIA also does not have the ecosystem to sell a reference platform. Other companies produce NAND, RAM, LCD, PCB, etc already. Companies like Samsung or Asus have some of the capital investments already for manufacturering.
Why couldn't they do what they do w/ GPUs, and do that w/ tablets/cell phones?

nvidia makes the GPU/CPU, maybe a couple of the wireless devices, and sells them and the reference design to another company(ies) to sell under their known branding while nVidia reels in licensing fees and such.
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Why couldn't they do what they do w/ GPUs, and do that w/ tablets/cell phones?

nvidia makes the GPU/CPU, maybe a couple of the wireless devices, and sells them and the reference design to another company(ies) to sell under their known branding while nVidia reels in licensing fees and such.
Because NVIDIA does not make any GPU/CPUs. NVIDIA designs GPU/CPUs and outsouces manufacturing. TMSC produces their GPUs. I am not sure who fabs their CPUs.

If a company is going to modify a design anyways, why would they bother paying another company for a modified design? They would just get the ARM licensing and modify the design specifically for their needs.
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Because NVIDIA does not make any GPU/CPUs. NVIDIA designs GPU/CPUs and outsouces manufacturing. TMSC produces their GPUs. I am not sure who fabs their CPUs.

If a company is going to modify a design anyways, why would they bother paying another company for a modified design? They would just get the ARM licensing and modify the design specifically for their needs.
They still sell those chips that technically they purchased and had produced to other manufacturers.

in the end I guess their purchase only makes sense to lessen the red tape when designing platforms since they own he patents now.
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