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Nvidia Announces Power-Efficient Tegra Chips For MIDs

Graphics chipmaker, Nvidia, announced a series of chips targeting the small, fast devices. With this announcement, the company has joined the ranks of Intel and VIA.

The company spokesperson said that the company’s new processors — Tegra 600 and Tegra 650 — and the earlier APX2500 that is used in mobile handsets and smartphones, will now also be used in devices referred to as mobile Internet devices or MIDs.

Smaller than a pence, the Tegra chips would have an all-in-one structure and will use an ARM 11 CPU core; they are expected to consume very little power and would include a media processor, a graphics processing unit, system memory, and peripherals, said Mike Rayfield, GM, Nvidia Mobile Business.

The Tegra 650 chip would also support WSXGA+ LCD and CRT, NTSC/PAL TV-out, and 1080p HDMI along with providing direct support for disk drives, keyboards, Wi-Fi, and other peripherals.

Furthermore, the Tegra chips are 10 times as power efficient as their competitors because of the chips’ low-power architecture; devices enabled with these chips would be capable of 120-hour audio or 30-hour video playback before recharging.

The Tegra processors are expected to enter the market by the end of 2008.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.