nVidia is quite the jack of all trades these days and it remains master of many. That continues to be the case as the graphics giant announced that its GoForce GPUs will be powering some of the first DVB-H mobile handsets.
DVB-H or Digital Video Broadcasting for handheld devices (a mouthful, I know) promises to deliver digital broadcast quality TV to your mobile. Where nVidia fits in is that its latest GoForce GPU provides the hardware acceleration for Mobile TV and reduces battery drain and here are the first handsets to be based on it.
Samsung and the ever innovative HTC are the companies at the forefront with the former showing off the P910 (above left) and P920 and the latter creating the ‘Forseer’ (above right) which will be marketed by Modeo.
The quad band Samsungs are both clamshell designs with swivel screens and are relatively lightweight at 125g. The GoForce 5500 is at their core and they are available immediately in Italy with a wider European launch expected to follow.
The Modeo is currently US only so doesn’t wet our Limey juices too much, but for the record the Windows Mobile 5.0 clamshell device sports a 2.2in QVGA screen, 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, a 200MHz processor, 1.3MP camera and is portable at 119g.
“The successful roll out of DVB-H in Italy illustrated a strong demand for mobile TV and video services, and these early indicators suggest that these high levels of adoption and usage will be reflected in many other markets around the world,” said Michael Rayfield, GM of the handheld business unit at nVidia.
An appearance in the UK before too long would be welcome, after all I’m on a quest to wreck my eyesight watching video on sub 3in screens before I’m 30.