Posted by Mike Evans in Coming Soon on January 16, 2009

NVIDIA Tegra mobile phone
Graphics company NVIDIA have been shouting about a stunning mobile graphics processor for over a year now, but with little success. Despite stunning demos that have consistently put every mobile phone interface to shame (and yup, that does include the iPhone), they haven’t had even so much as a nibble from a mobile phone manufacturer – until now.

In news that will delight mobile phone fans, HTC has adopted NVIDIA’s new Tegra processor to power some of its new handsets for 2009. Which handsets will get the new Tegra processor are as yet unconfirmed, but given that HTC have several new Android handsets in development, there’s every chance we could see a stunning new NVIDIA-powered HTC Android phone ship later in the year.

More details after the jump.

The new NVIDIA processor has specs to make you drool:

  • ARM11 MPCore running at 800MHz
  • HD AVP (High Definition Audio Video Processor) 720p H.264, MPEG-4, and VC-1/WMV9 Decode
  • 720p H.264 and MPEG-4 Encode
  • Supports multi-standard audio formats including AAC, AMR, WMA, and MP3
  • JPEG encode and decode acceleration
  • ULP (Ultra Low Power) GeForce GPU
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • D3D Mobile
  • Programmable pixel shader
  • Programmable vertex and lighting
  • CSAA support
  • Advanced 2D graphics
  • Up to 12Mpixel camera sensor support
  • Advanced imaging features
  • True dual display support
  • 720p (1280×720) HDMI 1.2 support
  • SXGA (1280×1024) LCD and CRT support
  • Composite and S-Video TV output

This isn’t just speculation – NVIDIA has had this processor ready for over a year, and even developed a prototype smartphone to show off the technology.
NVIDIA Tegra mobile phone
NVIDIA Tegra playing Quake

If the prospect of a mobile phone powering a 720p HDTV, or capable or playing Quake III Arena as good as a desktop doesn’t get you drooling, just check out the videos below of the type of user interface the Tegra can power.

Now imagine all this inside an HTC handset running Android. This is heady stuff indeed!

We’ll bring you more news when we get it, and hopefully some more demos at this year’s Mobile World Congress next month.

[Source: IBTimes, NVIDIA, Techarp]