NVidia Debuts Handheld Graphics Chip
NVidia has disclosed details on the company's first graphics chip designed for mobile handheld devices including PDA's and phones. The first product from the MediaQ, Inc. acquisition, the NVIDIA GoForce 2150 is the industry's first low power media processor with 1.3 megapixel camera support.
The GoForce 2150 provides handset designers with a product for delivering high-resolution picture capture, motion JPEG video capture, and advanced camera controls for cellular handsets and other handheld devices with integrated digital cameras. This is the first product from the acquisition of MediaQ, back in August.
Key features of the new controller include a 64-bit 2D graphics accelerator, embedded memory for LCD frame buffer, and flexible CPU interface. The versatile LCD controller also allows for fast-switching dual screen interfaces, typically implemented as a large active-matrix color screen inside the handset and a smaller LCD located outside. NVIDIA GoForce 2150 supports over 70 different display interfaces (including CSTN, TFT, OLED and LTPS technology) at up to HVGA (320x480) resolution.
"While new imaging features and higher performance drive current solutions to ever increasing power consumption, the GoForce 2150 processor is specifically optimized to deliver exceptional image quality and camera functionalities at a small fraction of the power consumption,” said Phil Carmack, vice president of handheld products at NVIDIA.
Samples of the NVIDIA GoForce 2150 are available to OEMs immediately; volume production is expected to begin in Q4 2003.
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