Posts Tagged ‘tv’
Nvidia’s superchip, the Tegra 250 looks set to make a big splash this year as more and more tier-1 consumer electronics companies prepare to launch products using the 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The Adam tablet from Notion Ink is scheduled for a November release in the US with other countries to follow shortly afterwards, but there appears to be a lot of noise suggesting that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Toshiba intend to sell a Tegra powered smartbook in the UK very soon. The Toshiba AC100 will be available in two models; the AC100-10U is the 3G version while the AC100-10Z is the Wi-Fi only version. The AC100 series is powered by a Tegra 250 processor and Android 2.1, comes with 512MB of RAM, has a 1024 x 600 resolution screen and has a range of connectors including USB and HDMI and SD card reader. It has a 1.3 MP web camera with built-in microphone for all those video calls using the preloaded Fring App.
Full details of the AC100 smartbook is now available on the European Toshiba web site and is well worth a look but if you’re looking to buy then you’re still going to be disappointed as no price is yet available. Toshiba used their Twitter channel to announce their new Tegra powered baby this week and we must admit to be rather impressed by the specifications. Assuming they price it competitively, they have every chance of having a real winner on their hands.
Android gaming and the Tegra 250
The well known and respected GameSauce magazine devoted to game development held their 2010 conference last month where a full day was dedicated to Tegra game development. A number of presentations by high-profile developers such as the makers of Unreal Engine and the Unity Engine were on hand to talk to the crowd about how they optimized their tools to make best use of the Tegra 250 processor.
A number of PDF’s and MP3’s of the presentations are available for download here. One thing is clear, Nvidia has got some major game developer support for their Tegra 250 processor so expect mobile gaming on Android to take a huge step forward.
And one more thing
When listening to one of the MP3s above, one of the developers let slip that Panasonic has a Tegra powered device in the works. Panasonic is of course best known for their cutting edge TVs rather than computers or mobile devices, so could they be developing an Android powered TV taking full advantage of the graphic capabilities of Nvidia’s super chip? I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming months.
A relatively unknown manufacturer called ‘People of Lava’ in Sweden has opted to integrate the Android Operating System and the Internet within a stylish 42″ TV. This makes it the world’s first Android TV.
And because Android is written with an ARM processor in mind, it comes as no surprise to see that the TV incorporates a Cortex-A8 processor clocked at an impressive 833 MHz. Having a TV that allows you to watch TV, youtube, Hullu as well as browse, twitter and access the many apps that is available to download.
The recent rumours of Google working with Sony and Intel on GoogleTV is of course simply a rumour until we know otherwise, but this announcement does suggest that ARM may be involved as well. The company’s web site even mentions GoogleTV specifically.
Although Samsung and Sony talk a very good game when it comes to developing the next generation of TVs it looks like they have well a truly been beaten by this Scandinavian company. This is another example of ARM successfully moving into new and exciting markets.