Patent Filing Reveals Nvidia May Build Tiny Computers

The "portable computer system" is described as a small computer that is about the size of a USB memory stick.

Nvidia's filing outlines the idea of packing a Tegra processor, Flash storage, RAM, at least one USB port, and other interface types such as a parallel port, a serial port, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), VGA, HDMI, S-Video, AV, DVI, LAN and WiFi into a package that is just 40-60 mm long, 10-20 mm wide and 5-10 mm thick. The feature set would be comparable to a entry-level computer system with limited storage and cloud connectivity.

Of course, it would not be a powerful local gaming rig, but most likely enough to bring along on a key chain. There is no display; the idea is to plug the device into an LCD or TV to be used as a display or into a regular computer to perform simple computing tasks much more efficiently as the device will consume just about 10 watts.

One could argue that much of the potential features are already covered by smartphones, but this Nvidia Tegra system could be substantially cheaper than a smartphone. In volume production, Nvidia could push the bill of materials well below $100, which could make it the most affordable new computer on sale.

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  • keyanf
    If old Radio Shack ads are any indication, old bulky desktops were known as "little computers" back in the day.

    If this is now a "little computer", I have to wonder what the term will refer to in a decade or two.
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  • WyomingKnott
    Good lord, they are trying to patent the idea of putting all the components for a computer into a single box!
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  • clonazepam
    I could imagine having this thing plugged into an available hdmi slot on a typical monitor or television. With Wi-Fi capabilities and a usb port(s) for keyboard/mouse, or bluetooth capable for wireless keyboard/mouse, I could leave the typical desktop machine powered off and use this lil guy to surf the web and post on Tom's, for under a $100? That should be a worthwhile long-term power saving device. There's certainly plenty of other alternatives to achieve the same goals, but choice is always welcome. I wouldn't buy it but it could be useful to some people.
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  • keyanf
    If old Radio Shack ads are any indication, old bulky desktops were known as "little computers" back in the day.

    If this is now a "little computer", I have to wonder what the term will refer to in a decade or two.
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  • loomis86
    It probably will need to be under 50 bucks or no one will buy.
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  • xx_pemdas_xx
    will work good as a terminal for a root server :)
    hope they can run linux.
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