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Nvidia: Tegra Puts 8 Processors Inside Zune HD

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Nvidia makes it extra official today, plus 50 more Tegra projects in the works.

We've known since June that Nvidia's Tegra chipset will be powering the Microsoft Zune HD, but the graphics chip specialist decided that today would be a good day to make it official with a press release.

Now that Microsoft has loosed almost all the details about the Zune HD, most importantly its quickly-approaching September 15 launch date, Nvidia is divulging more information about the hardware.

Specifically, the Tegra provides the Zune HD with eight independent processors, each designed for a specific class of tasks - among them are an HD video processor, an audio processor, a graphics processor, and two ARM cores. Furthermore, the processors can work together or independently to minimize power consumption.

“Tegra provides the multimedia muscle in Zune HD,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “Users will love the device’s new design, amazing multimedia features and HD video out capability. Zune HD is a must-have for anyone looking for the best portable digital media player on the market.”

With HD-compatible video, HD Radio receiver, full-screen Internet browsing, Wi-Fi and an OLED touch screen, we're certainly looking forward to the Zune HD. Nvidia says that there are 50 active Tegra processor-based design projects currently in the works today.

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    P_haze420 , August 17, 2009 7:10 PM
    I still wished that microsoft added the phone in zune hd. It would compete against Iphone and perhaps, beat the shit out of it.
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    IzzyCraft , August 17, 2009 9:20 PM
    Jeepers it almost deserves the question
    "Can it run Crysis?"
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    apoq , August 17, 2009 8:14 PM
    But can it run CUDA? :) 
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    griffed88 , August 17, 2009 7:00 PM
    meh, it'll only be good if it gets the third party support that the iphone/ipod touch gets.
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    P_haze420 , August 17, 2009 7:10 PM
    I still wished that microsoft added the phone in zune hd. It would compete against Iphone and perhaps, beat the shit out of it.
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    Glorian , August 17, 2009 7:11 PM
    This looks promising, I'm looking forward to upgrading, I have had my zune 30g for almost 3 years, and has done me good, save for that one new years day :p 
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    chuckdalton , August 17, 2009 7:12 PM
    I don't care if they put 50 cores in there, I will have to see it work and how user frenidly it is before I'm even tempted to buy it. You can put a porsche engine into a hyunday accent, it will only be a powerful useless car.
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    Honis , August 17, 2009 7:22 PM
    If it gets more than 8 hours of battery life this would compete with netbooks. Can't wait for this market to get some competition.
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    tenor77 , August 17, 2009 8:10 PM
    leon2006The IPHONE OS is becoming the next DOS/WINDOWS in the portable multi-media business.


    Personally I think you're over selling the iphone. In terms of importance Blackberry was huge for making phones more than just phones, but there are a lot of smartphone competetors out there with just as much marketshare. It gets a lot of attention but to compare it to Dos? It needs a much larger marketshare first and don't expect companies to use this as their standard issue phone. In my company the Blackberry is still standard issue.
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    apoq , August 17, 2009 8:14 PM
    But can it run CUDA? :) 
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 17, 2009 8:17 PM
    chuckdaltonI don't care if they put 50 cores in there, I will have to see it work and how user frenidly it is before I'm even tempted to buy it. You can put a porsche engine into a hyunday accent, it will only be a powerful useless car.
    Sorry, that is a piss-poor analogy. I would kill to have a Hyundai Accent with a Porsche Engine! That little firecracker in my grannies panties would be one hell of an attraction at a drag strip. =D
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    IzzyCraft , August 17, 2009 9:20 PM
    Jeepers it almost deserves the question
    "Can it run Crysis?"
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    apache_lives , August 17, 2009 9:24 PM
    will it crash and burn like there laptop counterparts?
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    nukemaster , August 17, 2009 9:34 PM
    Well the OLED screen has my attention.

    I liked my Creative Zen micro photo screens view from any angle OLED screen allot.
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    megamanx00 , August 17, 2009 9:39 PM
    Anyone else reminded of the Sega Saturn? I just hope it's put together better and has sufficient RAM.
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    Leandri , August 17, 2009 9:41 PM
    I think it honestly has a chance at keeping it's foot in the door as far as the market goes, the features above will at least compete with Apple's iPod Touch lineup (which is basically an iPhone without the phone). I'm interested to see how Microsoft handles addons, media drm, and online capability. It certainly sounds like it has the power to do some of the things a pc can do.

    At the very least, we can expect it to take at least a backseat to the iPhone like the Palm Pre has.
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    Anonymous , August 17, 2009 9:59 PM
    @ apcahe, what the hell are you talking about? m$ OWNS laptops, they OWN desktops. they have the number one OS market share. Maybe you are refering to the Nvidia and I am missing your point? I for one am excited and will hold off until I read at least ten different reviews from my fav websites. Ars Technica, Toms, Engadget, bOy genius, slashgear, gdgt, wired gadget blog, not too mention a through google news search the day of launch. am I missing any?
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    leon2006 , August 17, 2009 10:06 PM
    Simple and Practical application that average people need. Its the bulk of the market.

    Nobody cares the cores...

    I have both Blackberry and Iphone... There is far more APPS in iphone than the blackberry. The ease of use is one sided...

    JAPAN has the most advanced portable HW in the entire world. For the first time in history a foreign brand is on top of the market.

    http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/17/apples-iphone-3gs-is-no-1-in-japan/
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    nachowarrior , August 17, 2009 10:24 PM
    I thought that "tegra" originally set out to puta "SOC" or system on a chip, making all of those functions handled by a single uberchip. Hmm... seems they changed their strategy from last year.
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    matt87_50 , August 17, 2009 11:29 PM
    hmm, looks like a waste having all the processors doing specific things? so when I wanna play an awesome game the HD video processor will just sit there doing nothing? would be cool if they were more generalized and could balance the entire load across all the processors?
    meh, I'm sure they know what they are doing.
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    matt87_50 , August 17, 2009 11:43 PM
    leon2006The IPHONE OS is becoming the next DOS/WINDOWS in the portable multi-media business.


    If I recall correctly you can develop and distribute on DOS/WINDOWS free of charge and scrutiny. this would be a big deal to some people, (like, i dono... Google?). also maybe you will show me how you run two apps at the same time with the iPhone? how you run apps in the background??

    also, if you are talking about market penetration, fact of the matter is, the iphoneOS will only ever run on apple products, I would think that android is much more likely to become the dominant mobile OS (or mabey it will just turn into the linux of mobile OSs). at any rate, the most the iphone OS will ever become is the MAC OSX of mobile OSs...
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    HariSeldon , August 18, 2009 12:28 AM
    everything looks fine , except the resolution. a higher resolution would really make this thing winner.
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