Nvidia Takes on Intel`s Atom

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-06-02 Print this article Print

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While MIDs are expected to appear first and foremost in the consumer market, Nvidia is positioning its platform to appeal to enterprise users with features that will enhance those found on the typical smartphone. The Tegra processors will support both Microsoft Windows CE and Mobile operating systems. (Intel's Atom hardware supports Linux as well as Microsoft.)

Earlier this year, Nvidia also introduced its APX2500 application processor that is used in smartphones and other mobile handsets.

?ö?ç?úThe video capabilities are primarily there for consumers but that would not exclude a company from using the processors to make a business phone better,?ö?ç?ÿ said Spooner, adding that price would remain a major obstacle for Tegra-based phone from entering the enterprise market.

Nvidia is planning to stick with the Tegra line for the next two years. The company plans to introduce an updated platform in 2009 and follow that with additional improvements in 2010. Eventually, Nvidia wants the Tegra line to run at less than 100 milliwatts, which should further extend the battery life of MIDs.

The current Tegra platform should provide 130 hours of audio playback and 30 hours of high-definition video playback. Rayfield said the Tegra processor will offer better 3D graphics and a better user interface than the current capabilities of the Apple iPhone.


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