Thursday, February 14, 2008

Battle for multimedia mobile processor is heating up

We’ll be seeing more and more powerful mobile phone processors that can do heavy multimedia tasks in the future, such as playing high-definition (HD) video on our mobile phone’s screen.
First to announced it’s fresh new mobile processor came from Samsung Electronics, according to PC World, Samsung is going to release a 667MHz (vroom! vroom!) processor with hardware acceleration for multimedia; this includes 3D graphics and MPEG4/H.264 video. They plan to release it to manufacturers in May 2008, and with compatibility for various OS (Linux, Windows Mobile, Symbian, etc.), this Arm based processor core will be able to meet with today device makers’ design.
On the other rivalry hands, NVIDIA is set to produce APX 2500: the first HD capable processor for Windows Mobile only (how about Palm Nova OS?), they say this chip based on ultra-power GeForce with features ranging from OpenGL ES 2.0 to Microsoft Direct 3D Mobile compliant. Which means APX 2500 capable to play 720p HD for roughly 10 hours. NVIDIA is working together with Microsoft for this one, but I really hope they’ll make it available for Linux OS too since Palm Nova OS is going to be released in 2009… (hurry up already Palm!)
And I can’t wait to see these babies on Palm’s devices.
(blogged with my Treo 750v)

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