Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has a young market that it has to work hard to get traction in, as PC sales decline and it can’t continue to bank so heavily on the strength of its graphics processing units in full computers to stay afloat.
There have been many industry wars — Pepsi (NYSE:PEP) vs. Coke (NASDAQ:COKE), PC vs. Mac, etc. — and as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) duke it out in the smartphone war, with many other manufacturers mixed up in the competition as well, there’s another battle going on underneath the surface.
The companies making the processors inside tablets and smartphones are also embroiled. Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is the arguably unsung leader of the pack in smartphones, while Nvidia, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) are all vying for their own shares of the smartphone and tablet market.
Nvidia does show some strength in the mobile processor market with its Tegra mobile chips, which have been showing up most commonly in tablets. Unfortunately, during Nvidia’s shift from the Tegra 3 to the Tegra 4, the company may have slipped slightly, which is dangerous amidst harsh competition…