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OG Switch to get upgraded Nvidia Tegra X1 chip in mid-cycle revamp

Nintendo has sought FCC certification for a new variant of the OG Switch featuring a new SoC. (Source: Nintendo)
Nintendo has sought FCC certification for a new variant of the OG Switch featuring a new SoC. (Source: Nintendo)
Nintendo looks to be giving the original Switch a mid-cycle revamp to match the internal specifications of the new Switch Lite. The company has made a filing seeking FCC approval for a variation in design to its flagship hybrid console noting changes to the SoC, NAND storage and CPU board.

While the new Nintendo Switch Lite is grabbing all the headlines, Nintendo has quietly sought FCC approval for what is called a "Class II Permission Change" as part of the certification process for a mid-cycle revamp of the original Switch hybrid console. The process allows for the certification of a device that has previously been certified after modifications have been applied to the design. The aim of the process is to save having to undergo a full recertification.

For gadget lovers, the process has yielded the specific details of the design changes that Nintendo is making. These include a change of SoC, NAND memory type and a CPU board change to accommodate the new components. We already know that the Switch features an ageing Tegra X1 chip that has an ARM-based design dating back to 2015 and fabricated on a similarly ageing 20nm node. Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch Lite features an updated version of this chip, although it hasn't detailed exactly what the changes are; however, we can make an educated guess.

Given the Switch Lite is said to be more power efficient the OG Switch, it makes sense to think that Nvidia has switched to a newer fabrication node, perhaps at least 14nm or even 10nm. With the Switch Lite capable of playing all compatible Switch games (i.e those without the need for Joy-Con support), it would also make sense for Nintendo to put the same upgraded internals in a mid-cycle upgrade of the Switch. While performance may or may not get a boost, at the very least, it will offer better battery life if not also faster loading times thanks to the new NAND memory.

A snippet from Nintendo's FCC filing. (Source: FCC)
A snippet from Nintendo's FCC filing. (Source: FCC)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-07-11 (Update: 2019-07-11)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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