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    News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    NVIDIA's banging on the Tegra drum once again, but it now has the hardware to go with it, and it's showing a lot of promise.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    All very well touting 25 days of playback, but you're forgetting that you need to drive the speakers and possibly a display too - bang goes your battery life.

    That said, it's likely going to give better performance than what's already out there, but i think it should be taken into account that especially in a system where you've got to power SSD's, USB ports, a monitor, speakers, wifi and bluetooth (and possibly 3G/EDGE as well) it's still going to go fast. The Atom N270 has a TDP of 2.5W, sure it's 5 times more than Tegra, but when you add all the other bits in, it's a negligible difference.

    Where this will shine is in smaller form factors like tablets and MID's rather than netbooks.

    Engadget did a review of the Elan system and got 5-10 hours of video playback, which is impressive, but for heavy users that's still daily charging.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    Yeah that's what I was thinking...pair that with an SSD and the screen on a netbook could well end up consuming 80-90% of it's power draw, crazy. Bring on OLED.

    What's the betting Intel suddenly becomes a lot more positive on the ion front?

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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    I'm really excited about their mission here... I can imagine a smart phone with tegra along with an OLED screen.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    Yelling "HEY!!.. WE HAVE TEGRA, ITS SO BLOODY AWESOME NOBODY CAN TOUCH US" is insufficient when there's no OS support for the damn thing besides WinCE, and sod all 3rd party software to go with it. If they stopped putting their two fingers up at the F/OSS crowd they might actually get somewhere with this thing.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    Isnt TEGRA an ARM chip? In which case Ubuntu will be available soon which would do many people.

    Netbooks are about using the internet... for which Ubuntu is ideal. I have a 10" Atom netbook so wouldnt want a 9" netbook but a 10" TEGRA system could well appeal if they can sort battery life.

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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Methanoid View Post
    Isnt TEGRA an ARM chip? In which case Ubuntu will be available soon which would do many people.

    Netbooks are about using the internet... for which Ubuntu is ideal. I have a 10" Atom netbook so wouldnt want a 9" netbook but a 10" TEGRA system could well appeal if they can sort battery life.
    Tegra is an ARM chip. But nVidia wont write Linux kernel drivers for any of the other bits. CPU architecture support alone is useless if you can't do anything but turn the CPU on and off.

    Unless there's any new piece of news where nVidia has changed their mind and is promising Linux support that I've missed, this still holds true.
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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    For Tegra to take off, they will need one of these:-

    Andriod:-
    This already works on ARM as they aimed it towards Smartphones in the begining and Acer are bringing out an ARM based Netbook this year. But to be honest it should stay as a phone OS in my opinion

    Existing Linux distros that have been ported
    :- Ubuntu, Debian and 1 other now have ARM variants and would be the second option but they have yet to sort out Netbooks and have failed somewhat even with various remixes to make it more user friendly. Opensuse, (Novell) while they dont support ARM there build system can build software packages for ARM as well as x86 and other systems so that can be used to port stuff as well. But what Tegra really needs is:-

    MOBLIN!
    although this is a beta, they have got the UI spot on and working very well already, plus now Intell have given the raines over the the Linux Foundation and backing from Novell, this will mature to Non-Ion systems including arm. I would use Mobiln on a netbook in a heartbeat if it gets out of beta.


    Just my thoughts

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    Re: News - NVIDIA touts Tegra revolution for 2009

    All of the above will be needed really. Gentoo has ARM support too, btw.
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