Nvidia Boasts $99 HD-Capable MIDs

Will last days between charges as well, apparently.

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.

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