Nvidia Announces 12 Tegra Products You'll Probably Never See, Tweaks Expectations

Nvidia is using Computex to herald the arrival of their system-on-a-chip Tegra platform, but it's not the most explosive debut. They've announced 12 netbook and tablet products from relative unknowns, and bizarrely altered their claims about the product's capabilities.

Don't get me wrong—I'm dead excited about the Tegra—but these names don't really get my blood flowing:

* Compal Communications, Inc. CN88 (netbook)
* ICD Ultra (tablet)
* Inventec Applications Corp. Rainbow (netbook)
* Mobinnova Mabo (tablet)
* Mobinnova ViewBook N910 (netbook)
* Pegatron Vivid (netbook)
* Wistron M5 (netbook)

But I suppose they're more proof-of-concept products than anything else, and besides, these aren't likely to be much more than repackaged reference designs. But still! 30 hours of HD video! 130 hours of audio! Cut to the current press release:

* Listening to music for 25 days straight on one charge
* Watching 1080p HD video for up to 10 hours
* Playing video games at 46 frames per second

I guess 25 straight days of audio playback would help mitigate the thirding of HD video playback if they were believable, or even comprehensible. But 25 days of playback? Without a screen? In a lab? On Mars? With a 30-cell battery? Assuming this is a typo, and they mean 25 hours, then the prospect is still exciting, but not even close to their original claim. And what on earth does "46 frames per second" gaming performance mean? In Doom II? Crysis? Addictinggames.com? We'll have to wait for the dust to settle on this one.

But let's focus on the positive: probably great battery life, HD video playback, including Flash, and decent gaming performance. We'll get back to you when someone has run a Tegra device properly through its paces, and when a manufacturer with a history of actually releasing products in America gets onboard. [Nvidia]

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