Nvidia unveils android device, 1080p Smartphone Chip

At the Mobile World Congress, Nvidia forked out three amazing new demos. They include an Android concept device, a Windows Mobile that is capable of running two videos and 1080p HD output at the same time and lastly a $99 mobile Internet device. These devices are all based on the Tegra platform, which is a chipset for smartphones and netbooks designed from Nvidia. This chip set has a few extra graphics features. The best of the demos was the device with Windows Mobile. This device could simultaneously send video to its own LCD and to a 1080p HDTV. All this happens while the device runs a couple of video streams and a 3D user-interface skin all at once. It should be noted that Nvidia had a same type of device supporting Google Android streaming live TV.

Michael Rayfield, general manager of Nvidia’s mobile business unit, was quoted as saying in a press release “Nvidia and Google are both working to unlock the visual computing potential of mobile devices and this announcement matches the power of Tegra with the innovation of the Android platform.” Nvidia’s APX 2600 chipset was used by both the Android and HD demos. A multi-core ARM11 processor that runs at 600-800 MHz with separate GPU is used by the APX 2600. The APX 2600 also uses a 12-megapixel camera support.

Nvidia also announced a $99 HD mobile internet device (MID) that runs Windows CE. The device includes features like 1080p video playback, a full Web browser, Wi-Fi, and 3G. This device is based on Nvidia’s low-end Tegra 600 chip. Device manufacturer ICD has shown a keen interest in building this device. David Hayes, president and CEO of ICD, was quoted as saying in a statement “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.”

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