Die sogenannten MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) konnten sich bislang bei weitem nicht so durchsetzen wie die immer populärer werdenden Netbooks. Vielleicht liegt es ja daran, dass sie irgendwie so dazwischen liegen. Kleiner als ein Laptop und größer als ein Smartphone. Nicht Fleisch, nicht Fisch. Gewöhnungsbedürftig also.
Nun macht sich jedoch Grafik-Chip-Pionier NVIDIA daran, den MIDs mit der Tegra 600 Series auf die Beine zu helfen. Damit wird die Grafik-Rechenpower von MIDs deutlich erhöht – gleichzeitig der Preis (auf 99 US-Dollar) und der Energieverbrauch reduziert.
Die Akkuklaufzeit soll sich dadurch laut Nvidia auf Tage erhöhen – das wäre natürlich super. Und der Chip der neuen Plattform, der Nvidia Tegra 600 Series, ja, der liefert eben 650 bis 750 Mhz und kann entsprechend schnell (720p und 1080p) Video-Sequenzen darstellen.
The NVIDIA Tegra 600 Series computer-on-a-chip now supports the Google Android mobile operating system.
The new NVIDIA(R) Tegra(TM) 600 Series computer-on-a-chip that enables a $99, always-on, always-connected HD mobile internet device (MID) that can go days between battery charges. (PRNewsFoto/NVIDIA)
NVIDIA corporate logo. (PRNewsFoto/NVIDIA CORPORATION)
SANTA CLARA, CA UNITED STATES
NVIDIA Tegra Brings Full Internet Experience to Always On, Always-Connected Devices
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 09 — Today’s users want an always-connected device for social media applications such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as great multimedia performance for recording and watching HD movies and videos on the go.
NVIDIA Corporation, the inventor of the graphics processor, today introduced a new platform, based on the NVIDIA(R) Tegra(TM) 600 Series computer-on-a-chip that enables a $99, always-on, always-connected HD mobile internet device (MID) that can go days between battery charges.
This platform will enable OEMs to quickly build and bring to market devices that carriers can offer for as low as $99 — bringing broadband connectivity and all of the Web’s HD content to the masses.
„Mobile internet devices have evolved to provide consumers with the performance and connectivity required by today’s lifestyle,“ said Michael Rayfield, general manager of the mobile business unit at NVIDIA. „Until now, consumers could get just another ‚gadget‘ with limited functionality or a PC that’s not ‚always on‘. A Tegra-based platform combines the best of both worlds.“
The Tegra MID delivers:
— 720p and 1080p video playback
— Days of use between charges
— Full Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
— Optimized hardware support for Web 2.0 applications for a true
desktop-class internet experience
— 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,
„The next generation of smart, connected, service-oriented devices are centered around rich multimedia experiences and enhanced functionality,“ said Mukund Ghangurde, Director, CE and Consumer Product Management at Microsoft Corp. „We are pleased to collaborate with NVIDIA to develop platform resources that assist OEMs in quickly bringing these new devices to market.“
In addition, NVIDIA partnered with ST-Ericsson to add 3G communication capability into this new platform, allowing for seamless connectivity, worldwide.
„ST-Ericsson together with NVIDIA have developed a Microsoft Windows Embedded CE implementation using the ST-Ericsson U335 and the NVIDIA Tegra which is ready for customer design development,“ stated Jorgen Lantto, Chief Technology Officer, ST-Ericsson. „This solution takes advantage of the high volume, IOT tested and proven U335 modem solution together with NVIDIA which takes multimedia performance to a new level.“
ICD, a leading consumer ODM, also announced support of the new class of devices enabled by this new platform.
„ICD has long believed that there will be a new generation of innovative connected devices. Designing these devices around the Tegra platform will bring carriers an amazing level of functionality at prices as low as $99,“ said David Hayes, President and CEO of ICD.
About NVIDIA Tegra
NVIDIA Tegra is the industry’s first single-chip computer capable of the rich high definition and internet experiences we’ve come to expect from our PCs, but on small pocket type devices. NVIDIA Tegra is smaller than a US dime (10-cent piece), designed from the ground up to enable the „visual PC experience“ on a new generation of mobile computing devices while consuming the smallest amount of power.
NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce(R) products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro(R) products, the high-performance computing market with its Tesla(TM) products and the handheld, mobile market with Tegra. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit http://www.nvidia.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits, features, impact, and capabilities of the platform based on the NVIDIA Tegra Processor; are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: development of more efficient or faster technology; design, manufacturing or software defects; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in consumer preferences and demands; customer adoption of different standards or our competitor’s products; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended October 26, 2008. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our Web site and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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