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A completely new NVIDIA SHIELD TV product may be in the works after all

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV may be joined by new variants soon. (Source: Amazon)
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV may be joined by new variants soon. (Source: Amazon)
2019 has already seen evidence that the SHIELD TV may be getting a new refresh - with the new Tegra X1 processor - soon. Now, a new FCC filing points to a wholly new device with this branding. This putative device has its own code-name and references in NVIDIA's own code and scripts.

Recent reports suggest that the NVIDIA SHIELD TV will get an updated version soon. It is projected to have the same form-factor as the 2017 version of this product (and that of the 2015 one before that), yet feature the new, upgraded Tegra X1 T210 processor also seen in the new Nintendo Switch. Now, there is also evidence that a new SHIELD dongle for big screens is on the way.

These new hints stem from code found in the latest version of the SHIELD Experience UI. In a string array called "shield_sku_key", 4 separate code-names are found: foster, darcy, mdarcy and sif. The first of these is the 2015 original; the second its 2017 refresh, and the third has been linked to its own upcoming update. That leaves sif: a heretofore-unknown, completely new product.

XDA correspondents have also found this new code-name in the NVIDIA Tegra gitweb. It is plainly visible in this interface's device tree, and is associated with the SoC variant t210b01 thereon. However, this code also suggests that sif also lacks USBs or a TV tuner. Therefore, it seems this product is a new kind of TV stick with new, console-grade silicon.

Furthermore, NVIDIA has submitted a new SHIELD TV product, with the model name P3430, to the Federal Communications Commission for approval. Android TV Rumors has also pointed out that the company has also certified a new SHIELD-brand remote, and that the P3430's outline on the FCC's database is almost definitely not that of an entire separate box. twitter.com/androidtv_rumor/status/11547074311607132 Therefore, this series' next launch may feature at least 1 piece of new hardware powered by the Tegra X1 T210.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-08- 6 (Update: 2019-08- 6)