|NVIDIA Tegra 650 Mobile Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 02 June 2008|
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Tegra 600/650 Applications
Compared to the collective 1250~1850 mm2 of surface space required for an Intel Atom platform, NVIDIA has reduced the footprint of their Tegra 600 and 650 processors to a minute 144mm2. Shown in the printed circuit board below, you can see how diminutive the Tegra processor is compared against the other IC components. Even the Samsung SDRAM modules appear larger! Ultimately, the combination-purpose chip architecture and meager power requirements will make for ultra-compact applications in a space 1/10 the size of Intel Atom platforms.
"As more consumers begin to access the mobile Internet with devices like smartphones and MIDs, device manufacturers will be challenged to create the same high-quality user experience on mobile devices that consumers currently enjoy on their desktop PCs," said Warren East, CEO, ARM. "Using advanced ARM technology and providing a ground-breaking mix of performance, power consumption and form factor, the NVIDIA Tegra mobile computer-on-a-chip addresses this challenge more effectively than any other solution yet on the market, thereby taking a major step toward the oncoming mobile Internet revolution."
Technology doesn't evolve, unlike I may have erroneously commented in previous articles. No, there isn't an unseen force that gradually develops the technology we see occupy shelf space at Best Buy or NewEgg. It takes creative thinking and a vision beyond single-purpose chips. NVIDIA has been pushing this concept in every level of their product development, and the Tegra 650 mobile processor is simply their latest example. Look for future NVIDIA processors to share the same energy efficient heritage, while multi-tasking in compute and graphics requests with equal effort.
This all bodes well for the consumer. After all, it's in our human nature to want more product and performance for less cost. Presently most of the computer industry relies on portable computers to maintain productivity. Notebook and UMPC products are growing popular, but the Tegra makes the leap into handheld devices fully-capable of web browsing as much as they are for high-definition video playback. Added to this is the fact that one Tegra-equipped device can last an entire day on one small battery, and you can image how this technology will see itself spread to adjacent industries in very little time.
Like I said at the beginning, NVIDIA has done very well for itself. Because the Tegra is now the most advanced ultra-low power computer processor ever built, optimized smart phones and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) are just the beginning.
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