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Nvidia Unveils Chip For $99 Internet Devices

The company's Tegra-based platform can playback 720p and 1080p high-definition video and support Wi-Fi and 3G wireless broadband.

Nvidia says it has developed a platform based on its Tegra 600 Series system on a chip that enables electronics manufacturers to build $99 mobile Internet devices that can go for days between battery charges.

The graphic chipmaker on Monday unveiled its MIDs platform at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Nvidia says the Tegra-based platform can playback 720p and 1080p high-definition video and supports Wi-Fi and 3G wireless broadband. The latter is being supported through the use of ST-Ericsson's U335 communication technology.

The platform is built to power the Microsoft Windows Embedded CE operating system in devices ranging from three to four inches, or roughly the size of an Apple iPod Touch, to mini-laptops. The platform enables manufacturers to build Internet devices for as low as $99, according to Nvidia. The first of these devices are expected in the second half of this year.

Innovative Converged Devices, which works with manufacturers in designing Internet devices, came out in support of Nvidia's latest platform.

"ICD has long believed that there will be a new generation of innovative connected devices," David Hayes, president and chief executive of ICD, said in a statement. "Designing these devices around the Tegra platform will bring carriers an amazing level of functionality at prices as low as $99."

Nvidia unveiled its latest technology less than a week after announcing that its Ion graphics platform for mini-laptops has been certified for running Microsoft Windows Vista. Nvidia said it's working with Microsoft and PC manufacturers to deliver Ion-based PCs by this summer. Besides netbooks, the Ion is expected to be used in mini-desktops.

Ion would run with Intel's Atom processor to deliver better graphics than what's available in today's mini-laptops, also called netbooks. Nvidia claims Ion can run 1080p high-definition video, such as Blu-ray movies. Netbooks shipping with Nvidia's technology and Vista would likely cost at least $100 more.


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