Monday, June 2nd 2008

NVIDIA Tegra: Tiny Computer Packs Massive Punch

Today, NVIDIA Corporation introduced the Tegra family of processors, the world’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 a tiny computer-on-a-chip, 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.


“Creating Tegra was a massive challenge. Our vision was to create a platform that will enable the 2nd personal computer revolution – which will be mobile centric, with devices that last days on a single charge, and yet has the web, high definition media, and computing experiences we’ve come to expect from our PC,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. “Shrinking down a 50 watt PC architecture will not create the discontinuity this industry needs. The culmination of nearly 1,000 man years of engineering, Tegra is a completely ground-up computer-on-a-chip architecture that consumes 100 times less power. Mobile internet and computing devices built with Tegra are going to be magical.”

The NVIDIA Tegra 650 processor is the second product in the Tegra line, the first being the NVIDIA Tegra APX 2500 processor, which is enabling the next generation of Windows Mobile smartphones. With the launch of this new processor, the NVIDIA Tegra products will reach consumers towards the end of the year.

“With the growing market demand for mobile Internet access, NVIDIA launched the APX 2500 computer-on-a-chip targeted at smartphones and handsets earlier this year. Recognizing that mobile Internet access usages will occur not just on smartphones and handsets but on compute devices as well, NVIDIA announced today the Tegra architecture. Representing the first products to be targeted at the MID and portable device space, it is anticipated to bring integrated capabilities similar to the APX 2500 with NVIDIA’s graphics expertise, an ARM core, HD video, and advanced power management,” said Ian Lao, senior analyst at In-Stat.

NVIDIA Tegra is a heterogeneous processor architecture with multiple processors, each architected for a specific class of tasks – an 800 MHz ARM CPU, a HD video processor, an imaging processor, an audio processor, and an ultra-low power GeForce GPU These processors are used together or independently to deliver a wonderful experience while utilizing a minute amount of power. With this heterogeneous ultra-low-power processor architecture, NVIDIA Tegra processors achieve up to 10 times the power efficiency of existing products in battery-operated computer systems running compelling visual computing applications.

“As more consumers begin to access the mobile Internet with devices like smartphones and MIDs, device manufacturers will be challenged to create the same high-quality user experience on mobile devices that consumers currently enjoy on their desktop PCs,” said Warren East, CEO, ARM. “Using advanced ARM technology and providing a ground-breaking mix of performance, power consumption and form factor, the NVIDIA Tegra mobile computer-on-a-chip addresses this challenge more effectively than any other solution yet on the market, thereby taking a major step toward the oncoming mobile Internet revolution.”

NVIDIA Tegra 650 also features:
  • All-day media processing, for 130 hours audio, 30 hours HD video playback
  • HD image processing for advanced digital still camera and HD camcorder functions
  • Optimized hardware support for Web 2.0 applications for a true desktop-class internet experience
  • Display support for 1080p HDMI, WSXGA+ LCD and CRT, and NTSC/PAL TV-Out
  • Direct support for WiFi, disk drives, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals
  • A complete Board Support Package (BSP) to enable fast times to market for Windows Mobile-based designs
"With NVIDIA’s Tegra processor line, we will continue to see impressive mobile innovations in Windows Mobile products," said Todd Warren, corporate vice president of Microsoft's mobile communication business. “Microsoft is dedicated to providing people best-in-class mobile experiences, so that people can carry a single device for work and play."Source: NVIDIA
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15 Comments on NVIDIA Tegra: Tiny Computer Packs Massive Punch

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Pretty awesome stuff. Id like to get a cellphone with either this or AMD/ATIs version
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#3
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
nice. i thought nvidia were just talking out their ass when they mentioned that they were working on some big things.
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#4
jbizzler
What happened to the Tegra APX they announced earlier? What's the difference other than this having higher specs?
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#5
spacejunky
I would much rather have an Atom processor. I have a blackjack II with a crappy risc arm and it's just slow and the last phone I had was a Samsung blade and it too couldn't keep up. If intel and via make an x86 with low enough power consumption, it will shred these arms we've been seeing and will see.
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#6
ktr
So is this the replacement for the goforce series?
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#7
Mussels
Moderprator
well a tiny chip like that, with the ability to handle 1080p media with low ass power consumption... i want it as an onboard video already.
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#8
Darkrealms
by: malware
Today, NVIDIA Corporation introduced the Tegra family of processors, the world’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 a tiny computer-on-a-chip, 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.

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NVIDIA Tegra 650 also features:
  • All-day media processing, for 130 hours audio, 30 hours HD video playback
  • HD image processing for advanced digital still camera and HD camcorder functions
  • Optimized hardware support for Web 2.0 applications for a true desktop-class internet experience
  • Display support for 1080p HDMI, WSXGA+ LCD and CRT, and NTSC/PAL TV-Out
  • Direct support for WiFi, disk drives, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals
  • A complete Board Support Package (BSP) to enable fast times to market for Windows Mobile-based designs
"With NVIDIA’s Tegra processor line, we will continue to see impressive mobile innovations in Windows Mobile products," said Todd Warren, corporate vice president of Microsoft's mobile communication business. “Microsoft is dedicated to providing people best-in-class mobile experiences, so that people can carry a single device for work and play."Source: NVIDIA
Well it looks like they'll have backing even if it isn't as good as claimed. MS is looking for anything that will strengthen their grip again.

I love the specs! Put that in my HTC6800! I'll be happy.
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#9
DarkMatter
This tiny chip is impressive!

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/14864

Quake3 everything cranked up, including AA/AF, 800x480 and 35 fps.

Also I like the 3D city in the GPS and the 3D interface. Would love a cellphone with this "monster".

:rockout:
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
thats damned impressive. thanks for that link, darkmatter.
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#11
ktr
I know that the iphone can play quake 3 arena also.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: ktr
I know that the iphone can play quake 3 arena also.
they mention that in the link dark provided, however it was running with most of the graphics turned off... whereas this chip can do it with AA and AF
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#13
ktr
by: Mussels
they mention that in the link dark provided, however it was running with most of the graphics turned off... whereas this chip can do it with AA and AF
Not bad then. I wonder how the tegra compares with the GPU in the PSP (which is as good as the GPU in the PS2).
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#14
Castiel
I thought I saw one of these phones in a Video review.
It looks like a iPhone but with better graphic possibilities.
But I will definently get this phone when it comes out.
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#15
DarkMatter
by: ktr
Not bad then. I wonder how the tegra compares with the GPU in the PSP (which is as good as the GPU in the PS2).
I don't know, but I have always believed the PS2 had a lesser resolution than the 640x480 pixel it was displaying. 640x480 on PC was a lot sharper than the PS2. I think it was even as low as 320x240 with 4 in 1 interpolation and that's a big difference on it's own. Add in AA and AF and there you have.
That kind of performance makes me believe that sub 1 W power consumtion is fake though, I just can't believe it's true. :confused:
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