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Nvidia Boasts $99 HD-Capable MIDs


Nvidia Boasts $99 HD-Capable MIDs

Not to call Nvidia's plans ambitious, but it latest promise of $99 MIDs capable of playing Full HD video while also lasting days between charges seems just a tad far fetched. Nonetheless, such capability is what the Tegra 600 Series system on a chip (SOC) is designed to provide.

The chips - as there are two flavours offering slightly different abilities - were announced at Computex last year, but Nvidia has now partnered with ST-Ericsson to add 3G to the mix.

Nvidia also reckons to have limited a possible downside of the Tegra platform; is its inability to run full versions of Windows, as the ARM11 CPU embedded within Tegra chips can't execute x86 code. To overcome that Nvidia has a "complete software solution including Microsoft Windows Embedded CE OS, application viewers, full Internet browser, UI framework, board support package (BSP), software development kit (SDK), Web mail client, and more" on offer for any manufacturers adopting Tegra.

I'll believe the claims of 1080p video-playing portable devices offering days of use when I see such products for myself, but it's a tempting proposition certainly.


February 17, 2009, 5:05 pm

I'd imagine these estimates are based purely on the power consumption of the chips, not anything else, like the screen, etc.

However, I would very much like to be proved wrong!


February 17, 2009, 9:26 pm

engadget is reporting that the Tegra chipset can pump out up to 10hrs of 1080p video on a single battery charge (what...a car battery?!) This sounds more and more promising every day, certainly the implications for gadget lovers around The World, are huge.

mr dog

February 17, 2009, 9:52 pm

1080p high definition? that is so 2008. Sorry Nvidia, if it can't do 3D i'm not interested.


February 17, 2009, 11:01 pm

1080p on such a small device? What's the point?


February 17, 2009, 11:59 pm

@ smc8788

probably for outputting video to HDTV screens.

@mr dog - sure, i'll just past you the funky glasses :)

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