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Nvidia: Tegra 2 is Coming

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Tegra 2 is coming at CES. Get ready for something more hardcore than the Zune HD.

Nvidia is branching out from just making the pixel pushers in your systems to more general computing. We all know about its Fermi, but the green team has expanded into the mobile space with Tegra.

Tegra, Nvidia's system-on-chip that powers the Zune HD delivers multimedia capabilities that, for the most part, are unmatched in the PMP realm. Now we expect Nvidia to follow up with a version of Tegra next month at CES 2010, which should be the perfect launch pad for various devices.

Michael Hara, senior vice president of investor relations and communications at Nvidia, at Barclays Technology Conference last week confirmed the news. Notable quotes culled by X-bit labs cite Hara as saying:

“At CES we are going to make a major announcement about Tegra family. It is highly possible that we will see some very interesting form-factors coming out at the same time. [There will be products] shown by our partners using the next-generation Tegra device. You are going to see roll-outs and deployments of tablet PCs, smartbooks, netbooks, MIDs throughout the first half [of the year]; and then you will see major roll-outs of smartphones in the second half,”

“We want to deliver a Web computing experience that is better than on your PC. Today, if you take your PC and go to the Internet, you want to see high-definition in everything. You want to have fast response times and switching between your windows, you want to see high-definition videos, you want to see high-definition images, so, your experience is about HD Internet. Our objective with Tegra is to deliver the same experience to your handheld devices.”

“The main difference between what we are developing within the Tegra architecture compared to our competition is that we are building a computer on a chip. The baseband guys take a different approach. They talk about integration. It is ironic is that they talk about their advantage is the same exact argument we have in the PC space regards to Intel. The question what you have to ask yourself is based on what users want, what users demand, ‘is it a time to integrate technology or is it a time to innovate and make things better?’ Our premise is […] that this is a wrong time to be integrated and the right time to be compute-intensive.”

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    mianmian , December 17, 2009 8:03 PM
    What new in Tegra 2?
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    830hobbes , December 17, 2009 8:10 PM
    This article adds no information after the title...
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    traesta , December 17, 2009 8:07 PM
    im lost I still have no idea what is to be expected???
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  • 14 Hide
    mianmian , December 17, 2009 8:03 PM
    What new in Tegra 2?
  • 13 Hide
    traesta , December 17, 2009 8:07 PM
    im lost I still have no idea what is to be expected???
  • 14 Hide
    830hobbes , December 17, 2009 8:10 PM
    This article adds no information after the title...
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    Darkness Flame , December 17, 2009 8:12 PM
    The Zune HD is probably the best known Tegra device out right now. According to everything I've read, it is rather powerful device, that's still lightweight and power efficient. If nVidia is making this even better, than I can't wait for the second Zune HD to use it.
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    johntram , December 17, 2009 8:20 PM
    does that mean that the integra's technology will impact cell-phones or other devices...where are we going...?
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2009 8:25 PM
    Wow, the graphics would be amazing with the Tegra 2, so let's hope the DS2 uses it and comes out late 2010/early 2011 (wouldn't be surprised if it's another 2 years though).
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    cjl , December 17, 2009 9:25 PM
    Darkness FlameThe Zune HD is probably the best known Tegra device out right now. According to everything I've read, it is rather powerful device, that's still lightweight and power efficient. If nVidia is making this even better, than I can't wait for the second Zune HD to use it.

    I recently got one, and I have to say - it has impressive graphics and battery life. I'm definitely impressed by the Tegra 1, so as long as Tegra 2 is similar (with improvements of course), it will be a great setup.
  • 0 Hide
    jj463rd , December 17, 2009 9:25 PM
    Is this a psoriasis shampoo?
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2009 9:28 PM
    tengra 2 + android would be awesome!
  • 4 Hide
    Ehsan w , December 17, 2009 9:49 PM
    WHY oh why,
    do I have the feeling this will be a re badged tegra 1?
    hmmm... deja vu anyone?
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    salgado18 , December 17, 2009 10:05 PM
    " It is ironic is that they talk about their advantage is the same exact argument we have in the PC space regards to Intel."

    But, for some reason I cannot understand, AMD bought ATI, so I guess they know something about GPU... which Intel does not. And also about CPU, which YOU do not. Nvidia can't say AMD failed because it never tried.
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2009 10:45 PM
    I don't need computer intensive, and neither do many other people...
    More computer intensive programs only use more energy, lower battery life, lower performance, and don't guarantee on an easier to understand program. If I can browse folders with a basic linux, no need for all the extra visuals Windows brings.
    I honestly hardly use a windows app anymore that isn't available on Linux.

    If I can choose between $200 netbook, that is like current atom processor netbooks, and has 12 hours of battery life, or choose a better performing netbook for 600, with only 3 hours of battery life, you can bet I will go for the $200 one!
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    JonathanDeane , December 18, 2009 1:13 AM
    The tech for this is exciting, when do we get something from Nintendo or Sony using this chip ?

    Maybe a DS 2 or PSP 2.



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    rambo117 , December 18, 2009 3:13 AM
    oh come on!! just 3 weeks ago I got my Zune HD... >: (
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    thepinkpanther , December 18, 2009 7:20 AM
    i hope the tegra 2 can output full 1080p hd
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    Kelavarus , December 18, 2009 7:23 AM
    Quote:
    We want to deliver a Web computing experience that is better than on your PC. Today, if you take your PC and go to the Internet, you want to see high-definition in everything. You want to have fast response times and switching between your windows, you want to see high-definition videos, you want to see high-definition images, so, your experience is about HD Internet. Our objective with Tegra is to deliver the same experience to your handheld devices.


    ... What the hell? They just said they want to give you something better, but they're objective is to give you the same on a handheld. I'm confused here. Pray tell, what was the point of that paragraph?
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    techguy378 , December 18, 2009 9:07 AM
    traestaim lost I still have no idea what is to be expected???

    Tegra 2 will be a new product with a new version number. That's what you can expect.
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    leon2006 , December 18, 2009 10:53 AM
    Marketing hot air
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    leon2006 , December 18, 2009 10:54 AM
    Smoke screen for the delayed fermi which has gone through a second tape out to resolve bugs
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    deck , December 18, 2009 1:29 PM
    Until Tegra runs on platforms other than Windows CE, it is completly useless to me.

    All I want is the Tegra chipset in a netbook running linux.
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