Nvidia talks cheap PCs vs tablets


Everybody has seen how well the tablet market is doing, and it’s no surprise that this is coming at some expense to traditional PCs and laptops. Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang talked about how the versatility of tablets plays an important role in tablet sales. He noted that most people realize that a “great tablet is better than a cheap PC,” and it’s true. There are very few things a high-end tablet can’t do that a laptop can, especially with Microsoft Office right around the corner for mobile devices. He also stated that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is erasing the lines between the cheap notebook and tablet market.

Of course, Nvidia also realizes that traditional computers won’t disappear overnight, and right now, their mobile business isn’t as large as their laptop and desktop business. With that being said, their mobile business grew a whopping 50% last year alone. Huang expects Nvidia to ship out 30 million Tegra chips this year, which is a pretty significant figure. He also expects this to steal the business from the low-end market. It’s worth noting that dedicated Nvidia graphics cards generally aren’t found in cheap laptops, so they aren’t dependent on low-end sales.

Even so, it’s good to see a company embrace a new idea for their computers, instead of bucking and fighting it. With the strides Nvidia is making with Android chips in addition to their push with the new Windows 8 tablets, I think Nvidia has set itself up to be a major player with tablet hardware for Android and Windows. Couple that with their new Kepler GPUs in desktops and laptops, and Nvidia has a well-rounded business model.

Personally, I think tablets will eventually replace low end PCs, simply for the portability and ease of use. What do you guys think? It’s obvious that tablet sales are up and PC sales are down, but is that just a fad or the future of computers? Let us know in the comments.

source: CNet

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • http://twitter.com/giveen Jeremy Morales

    I truly believe that we are seeing an end to the traditional desktop computer. When you use Asus putting out the Padphone, and the power of the mobile chip growing, I expect in 5-10 years for the desktop to go away and be replaced with a docking station that will connect an external monitor/keyboard/mouse/storage to a mobile device.
    There are so many major advantages to this type of movement including portability of your workplace. Major technological breakthroughs are happening and personal technology is becoming cheaper and more easy for the mass market to purchase and integrate with their lifestyle. Look at the number of people who own smartphones and how that number keeps growing.
    What hinders growth though is the carriers who insist on keeping archaic mobile plans, rather than embracing the fact that mobile data is the new future.

    • GraveUypo

      i disagree. desktop computers are never going to go away.
      there’s no substitute for the raw power, and tablet will never, ever catch up. they’ll always stay 7 years behind a high-end desktop computer in processing power. and that means a huuuge performance gap, along the lines of 50x.

      and even today, i could find use for a computer a thousand times as powerful as mine, which is actually not too shabby. rendering 3D animations is that computer-intensive. heck even video rendering takes too damn long as it is depending on what you’re doing with it.

      for casual and home use, that could actually happen. it’s already been 12 years since you needed a good computer to do those kind of tasks. anything will do today since the baseline power is more than enough for light use.