Zune HD has been confirmed to be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor by PCPers, making this the first PMP in the world to do so. This piece of news was confirmed by none other than NVIDIA staff themselves (according to PCPers), pointing towards an APX 2500 or 2600 processor that will bring together an ARM11 processor and a handheld GeForce graphics core as well as controllers for memory and output. Such a design is able to handle 720p, if not 1080p, depending on the version – no surprise it has been thrown into the Zune HD as well. Apart from that, the Zune HD’s processor is also beefy enough to handle 3D rendering performance that is superior to most handheld devices, probably including the iPhone 3GS. Do you think this will help Microsoft make a giant leap in biting off Apple’s market share where PMPs are concerned?
We knew that NVIDIA would not have invested so much engineering efforts to work with Microsoft if there wasn’t something big behind it, now we know why. At some point, we thought that it was a phone, but Microsoft dismissed that possibility at MWC.
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