Nvidia’s Kai platform for building Android 4.0 tablets at $199

NVIDIA’s unveiled Kai platform for manufacturers at an investor conference, the platform allows device vendors to design quad-core Android 4.0 tablets using NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 System-on-chip technology at an affordable price point of $199. The price point may be too optimistic but according to Nvidia’s VP Rob Csonger, these devices are already in the making.

Kai may not be a product itself but it is a platform that forms as a reference design for OEMs to design low cost tablets with better specifications using Tegra 3. Asus ME370T announced at CES 2012 is priced at $250 is a result of Asus and Nvidia collaboration, and Kai may be the evolution of that product.

Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we’ve developed to reduce the power that’s used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet.

Nvidia says manufacturers are already creating Kai based tablets that means we don’t have to wait long to see these kind of devices hitting the market. Via Verge