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Old 06-17-2009, 04:30 AM
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Default Zune HD Tegra Rumor Confirmed(! UPDATED)

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=7345' target='_blank'>http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=7345</a><br /><br /></div><p>"<em>There is a lot of news circulating today about some rumors of the new Zune HD using the NVIDIA Tegra processor.&nbsp; Several websites have been following the rumor, that <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=tr&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http://www.donanimhaber.com/Microsoft_Zune_HD_Nvidia_Tegra_platformundan_guc_aliyor-14395.htm&amp;sl=tr&amp;tl=en&amp;history_state0=" target="_blank">started at donanimhaber.com</a>, but apparently no one can confirm whether or not Microsoft's latest portable media player does indeed use NVIDIA's system-on-a-chip design. Well PC Perspective can: the Zune HD does in fact use NVIDIA's Tegra processor.&nbsp; I actually learned this fact from some NVIDIA staffers over at Computex in early June but I guess I just didn't realize how "news worthy" the information was.&nbsp; No longer do you have to worry about "rumors" on the subject - Tegra has its first major design win.</em>"</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1243731028.usr495.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" width="500" /></p><p>After what seems like <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/91501/rampant-rumour-the-microsoft-phone-powered-by-nvidia.html" target="_blank">ages</a> <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/93396/rumor-roundup-zune-hd-to-get-pixie-dust-fairy-wings.html" target="_blank">of</a> <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/93369/tegra-to-power-zune.html" target="_blank">speculation</a>, we now have what appears to be a somewhat convincing report from PC Perspective that the new Zune HD will be powered by NVIDIA's awesome Tegra processor. <a href="http://pocketpcthoughts.com/news/show/93928/put-the-pieces-together.html" target="_blank">Putting the pieces together</a>, it really does make sense. The Tegra chip is supposed to <a href="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/news/show/93701/rumoured-windows-mobile-7-chassis-1-specifications-leaked.html" target="_blank">serve as the base chasis</a> in upcoming Windows Mobile 7 hardware and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p69T3cWHBs" target="_blank">demos</a> of what is possible with Tegra are astounding. I don't know of another chip on the market which can support <a href="http://vimeo.com/4889455" target="_blank">amazng transitions</a> and HD video out all while keeping the power consumption to a minimum. Fudzilla <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/14220/1/" target="_blank">notes</a>:</p><p>"<em>Nvidia's Tegra is a great platform and it needs only 150mW to decode a video stream and only 20mW to play audio which makes it a perfect candidate for such players like Zune HD. Nvidia already showed some netbook and tablet products based on Tegra at Computex. These were probably all based on Tegra 650, the high end Tegra part as Nvidia likes to call it, while Zune HD will probably based on the mid-range Tegra 600.</em>"</p><p>Now bear in mind this is all speculation until we get confirmation that doesn't come in the form of "some guy heard it from some anonymous guy at a press event." But until then I'll continue to ooh and ahh at the demos and dream about the prospects of mobile gaming on this thing. I can't wait to see how it'll turn out.</p><p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Matt Aikers, via the <a href="http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2009/06/19/zune-insider-podcast-24-is-available-now.aspx" target="_blank">ZuneInsider Podcast</a> has <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/19/zune-hd-has-a-tegra-processor-confirms-official-zune-podcast" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that the chip is in fact a Tegra. Guess we don't need those scare quotes anymore! (Thanks Alber1690).</p>
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:03 AM
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The Tegra is really a game changer...I'm really excited to see it in the Zune HD! (If its really really true )
 
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:24 AM
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Sure hope this one ends up being real...
 
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:50 PM
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So they just officially confirmed that Zune HD is powered by Tegra on the Zune Insider Audio Podcast #24, 18:23 into the track. Awesome!
 
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:38 PM
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This is very interesting to me. I'm not super familiar with Tegra, beyond the tech videos... but should I be concerned as to how this will affect the price of the unit?
 
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:03 AM
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This is very interesting to me. I'm not super familiar with Tegra, beyond the tech videos... but should I be concerned as to how this will affect the price of the unit?
Microsoft will lose money before pricing this higher than the iPod Touch. You should wait for pricing info.
 
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