Move over, AirPlay, and keep your closed ecosystem and pricey adapters to yourself, Wi-Di; there's a new streaming display solution coming to town. The Wi-Fi Alliance plans on finalizing the Miracast wireless display standard in the next few months, enabling cord-and dongle-free streaming to monitors and TVs, and a big new partner just announced it was onboard: Nvidia. Even better, Big Green's bringing the Tegra 3 processor along for the ride, which could help to quickly spur adoption of the standard.
The release of the Boxee Box finally seems at hand. Boxee and manufacturer D-Link announced today that the hardware has been finalized and should ship in early November. Of note, the box will no longer be running on Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset. Instead, users will get a Boxee Box powered by the Intel CE4100 Atom chip.
The product was supposed to go on sale in June, but the date came and went with no firm plans. It looks like some of the delays may have been related to the effort to make the Tegra 2 work. In the end, Boxee's VP of Marketing, Andrew Kippen claims that video format support just wasn't good enough with Nvidia's solution.
The Bozee Box promises to bring consumers access to a wide range of video online via Flash and HTML5. Pre-orders are currently up at Amazon for $199. How do you think this stacks up against cheaper, but more limited, options like AppleTV and Roku?
ASUS introduced the Eee Pad tablet at Computex 2010 in May. The Taiwanese vendor announced a couple of variants: the Windows 7-based Eee Pad EP121 and the Windows Embedded Compact 7-based Eee Pad EP101TC. While its decision to enter the tablet market may have not been much of a surprise, the choice of operating systems was. ASUS had gone against the grain and put all its eggs in the Windows basket.
But announcing a tablet based on the ARM-compatible Windows Embedded Compact 7 platform and launching it are two very different things. According to German site Netbook News, ASUS has decided to replace Windows Embedded with Android as the operating system for its 10-inch EP101TC tablet, which will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC (System-on-Chip). There has been no official confirmation yet.
Since the introduction of the iPad, which isn’t yet available to consumers, the tech world has been abuzz with news on tablet PCs, both real and imagined. Whether any these tablets has a chance of being an iPad-killer (if in fact the iPad needs to be killed), matters as little as the technology they promise. Take, for example, Notion Ink’s Adam, which sports specifications that some suggest give it an edge of the vaunted iPad.
The Adam is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, and runs on Android--off the shelf technology that allows open-source possibilities. It also provides full 1080p HD output (better than the 576p of the iPad), contains a GPS, a digital compass, speaker, microphone, 3 megapixel camera, up to 32GB of memory, and an SD card slot. Battery life, for Internet use, is estimated to last up to 16 hours. And, yes, it will support Adobe’s Flash.
Also interesting is the Adam’s 10-inch touch screen display. It is a new low-power display from Pixel Qi that uses natural light to aid brightness, reducing the need for backlighting. The display uses 0.2 watts of power, or about 50 percent less than a regular backlit LED screen.
The Adam is expected to retail for $325. An announcement on availability is expected next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Nvidia has announced today that they are releasing a new version if their powerful Tegra chip. This one has been specifically designed for the higher power requirements of tablets. The new chip promises hardware acceleration of Adobe Flash 10.1 for 1080p video streaming. Nvidia claims the new Tegra will also be capable of running high resolution 3D graphics while maintaining battery life.
The Tegra uses eight independent processors including an industry first 1Ghz dual-core ARM CPU. Also on board are dedicated HD encoding and 3D graphics processors. Overall performance is said to be 10 times that of current smartphone processors, and 4 times faster than the original Tegra. Nivdia plans to show off a number of Tegra-packing tablets at CES, so stay tuned.
Hopping right into the tablet vacuum left by Apple’s conjectured announcement of a tablet device (What is it now, the iPad, iSlate or iGuide? I’ve lost track.), Notion Ink has announced a tablet of its own, the Adam, which will come equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra, Android, and a Pixel Qi LCD display.
Tegra and Android are current news, so let’s focus on what’s new: the Pixel Qi display. It’s 10.1-inches, is built on existing LCD technology (making it cheap to produce), and, like e-Paper screens, it is an energy miser. Unlike e-Paper, Pixel Qi displays provide color (and full-motion video). Pixel Qi tells us its screens have a fast video refresh, fully saturated color, use one-half to one-quarter the power of regular LCD screens, and can be used in bright sunlight. The combination of the Pixel Qi display and the Nvidia Tegra suggest energy consumption 90 percent less than if a conventional LCD display were used.
The touchscreen Adam is expected to ship in June of 2010, and cost about $325.
All the games are available for free but Zune HD users will have to sit through a small ad before getting into the thick of the action. The game’s are designed to leverage much more than just the latest firmware update, namely the Zune HD’s accelerometer, multi-touch OLED screen and the NVIDIA Tegra chip.