CES 2010 – Nvidia Tegra 2 Powering Tablets and 4G Products

1. Nvidia declared that 2010 is the year of the tablet at its CES2010 press conference, and went on to launch its latest ARM based Tegra 2 platform.

The company wanted these tablets to have the performance of a PC, but have the energy efficiency of a cell phone. This is where the next generation of Nvidia’s Tegra 2 comes in. It features a dual-core Cortex A9 processor—part of its eight independent processors, which also include a Geforce GPU. Nvidia claims Tegra 2 will have 10 times the performance of a smartphone, operating at only 500 milliwatts. So battery life will be far better than products based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Intel’s Atom chips, according to Nvidia.

EETImes – The Tegra 2, said to be implemented in a 40-nm process technology, combines 3-D graphics, video processing, basic computing and communications including mobile phone voice. Mike Rayfield, general manager of the mobile business unit at Nvidia, demonstrated that a machine based on Tegra 2 can run 1080 progressive scan video while machines based on the Intel Atom or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon cannot. The Tegra-2 can play 140 hours of music or 16 hours of video on one charge, Nvidia said.

2. On Sprint’s WiMax-based 4G network, the Overdrive, which is about the size of a drink coaster, will reliably deliver 3 to 4 Mbps of download bandwidth, Sprint executives say, with peak speeds as fast as 10 Mbps. Upload speeds will be slower, but could peak as fast as 4.5 Mbps

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3. LG Electronics is demonstrating Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology at its booth at CES 2010, dazzling attendees with download speeds of 100 Mbps.

Verizon will roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) service to between 25 to 30 cities in 2010 and nationwide by 2013

By connecting to the LG’s LTE USB Modem, LG presented one of the world’s first real-time demonstrations of full HD video files, video conferences and web-surfing at speeds up to 100Mbps for downloads and 50Mbps for uploads. To put this technology in perspective, imagine being able to download an entire movie to your mobile phone in only one minute. Demonstrating data downloads at such an incredible speed marked yet another technological milestone for LG.

LG will also be unveiling to the public the “handover” technology which enables seamless network conversion between LTE and CDMA networks. Using the even slimmer version of the previous 4G LTE device, an LG proprietary device designed for the Handover last August, LG demonstrated seamless and endless data transmissions between LTE and CDMA antennas which allows for video file downloads, web surfing and internet calling.

4. About the size of a pack of Orbitz chewing gum, the Trendnet TEW-655BR3G has a USB port so that you can connect a compatible USB modem from 3G/4G Internet service providers such as Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon to it. All you need to do is plug the USB dongle into the port and you have a real Wireless-N network that connects to the Internet. Unlike the MiFi, the TEW-655BR3G can share the Internet connection to a lot more than just five people.

At 150Mbps it still offers up to six times the speed of a Wireless-G solution and has up to three times the range. This is speedy enough to share even the fastest existing cellular Internet connections available in the U.S., which currently maxes out at 7.2Mbps.

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