Most of today’s netbooks on the market run Intel’s Atom processor, which is not powerful enough to handle the high demands of video or audio playback. Terga is betting it can fix that with its latest attempt to join the growing netbook market
If you have tried to watch youtube or hulu on a netbook, your machine might have either crashed immediately or at least struggled its way through the clip. Nvidia’s latest system-on-a-chip, Tegra, could make your next netbook a video powerhouse.
Nvidia is betting the demand for video and music will drive demand for its products. At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, Nvidia listed PC manufacturers like Wistron, Foxconn, and Pegatron as those who plan to release Tegra-based netbooks by the end of this year. The Tegra includes a high-definition video processor, an 800-MHz ARM CPU, an audio processor, an imaging processor and an ultralow-power GeForce GPU in a single package. All of the different processors can be used together or independently, while consuming little power. This will bring the high-resolution experience we are used to on notebooks to netbooks and other mobile devices.
The idea is to make mobile devices like the netbook more powerful and capable of running high-definition video, An example of this is The Tegra 650, which can offer about one hundred and tirty hours of audio processing and about thirty hours of high-def video playback.
Devices based on Tegra could be available to consumers by the end of the year.