Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Microsoft Zune HD to Feature Nvidia's Tegra Chip

Microsoft's Zune HD portable media player will feature the Nvidia "Tegra" chip, the manufacturer's competitive answer in the mobile space to Intel’s Atom processor. The next generation of the Zune, Microsoft's answer to Apple’s iPod, will include an HD radio receiver, touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, and Wi-Fi connection - all features designed to help the device increase its market-share.

Microsoft's upcoming Zune HD, the next generation of its iPod competitor, will feature Nvidia’s "Tegra" chip, representing something of a victory for the latter in its competition with Intel over processors for mobile devices.

Both the Zune and Nvidia, however, face something of an uphill battle against their respective opponents, the iPod and Intel, which each command a dominating share of their respective markets.

The Zune HD, which will be released in September 2009, will feature a 3.3-inch screen and 16:9 OLED display (480x272 resolution), along with an integrated HD Radio receiver, a sold-separately Zune HD & AV dock for watching HD-TV, touchscreen QWERTY keyboard, and Wi-Fi connection – all of it powered by Nvidia.

more on eweek.com

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