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Word is going around that the NVIDIA Tegra may be a new line of processors for UMPC-like devices. Rumour mill The Inquirer says the green team is going to release two ARM11-based Tegra CPUs at Computex, the CSX 600 and CSX 650. It's not exactly sure what the target market for these chips will be but I suppose it will be pretty multimedia oriented. These CPUs aren't x86 compatible but they should be pretty good for playing Full HD video.

The chip itself comes in a 144mm2 package, not die, and can do 720p encode and decode at 14MBps. It supports the same last gen features as much of the current GeForce line, can do AA and AF, and will support OpenGL ES 2.0.

The big brother CSX 600 and 650 is aimed at larger machines with screens between handhelds and real laptops. It runs Wince, not XP or Me II because it is not x86, and in general makes you question why they bothered. The chip itself has 256K of L2 cache and can be die stacked to keep the footprint small.

This one runs at 700-800MHz and will support 1080p at 24FPS, not the full 60. It also has hard disk support and can run video in under 3W. If you are keeping track, this is about what Atom can do, but Atom doesn't have that pesky FPS limit.

NVIDIA is also expected to unveil a new low-cost computing platform in cooperation with VIA.
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Well that throws an interesting wrench into the whole AMD vs Intel pot. I have always found it facinating how in one arena two of the three (AMD, Intel, nVidia) will hate each other and in another get along fine.

I would love to see nVidia give some competition to AMD and Intel, but of course that would probably mean they need a fab.

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looks like intel will win
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Odd but Intel will win this with no problem.
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