Nvidia touts $99 platform for handhelds

Poor financial results or not, Nvidia is still pushing ahead into the cell phone arena. The graphics company has announced a platform based on its Tegra system-on-chip products. This platform will let device manufacturers "quickly build and bring to market" mobile devices with high-definition video decoding capabilities, "days" of battery life, and price tags as low as $99.

Here's the full list of perks you can expect from these $99 handhelds, according to Nvidia's press release:

  • 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, and more
  • Nvidia has based this platform on the Tegra 600 system-on-a-chip that launched last June. The Tegra 600 has a teeny 144 mm² footprint, yet includes an ARM11 processor core, a GeForce graphics core, 720p video encoding capabilities, support for display resolutions as high as 1280x1024, and both IDE and USB On-The-Go connectivity.

    In related news, Nvidia isn't just working with Microsoft: it's also teamed up with the Open Handset Alliance to make Tegra hardware work with Google's Android software platform. Nvidia says it's demonstrating a Tegra-powered Android system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week.

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