Posted by Mike Evans in Events on February 14, 2008

NVIDIA concept phone

Mention the words ‘NVIDIA’ and ‘concept phone’ in the same sentence, and you’ll always cause a stir, and as these video clips show below, with just cause. These are clips taken of NVIDIA’s concept phone on display at MWC 2008. The phone itself is just a mock-up – like Google Android phones on display at MWC 2008, it’s not the phone’s form that’s the main attraction, it’s the user interface and the mobile CPU powering it.

And good gods, what a user interface! NVIDIA are world famous for their stunning GPUs and graphics abilities, but this mobile UI looks liike something straight out of Minority Report!

What’s even more impressive is that the demo you see in the first video is of the user interface being displayed on a 720p HD TV – but it’s not a video of the UI that’s being played, it’s the actual UI itself, being driven by the mobile phone handset! Yes, that’s right, nVidia’s stunning new mobile CPU is powerful enough to drive a 720P HDTV directly from the handset.

This is simply breathtaking. As NVIDIA spokesman Oscar Clark says, “What this shows is the iPhone didn’t go far enough,” and I couldn’t have put it better myself.

The mobile CPU and UI have been designed to work with the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, simply because Windows Mobile is now in four of the five major mobile manufacturers’ phones (only Nokia is stubbornly refusing to join the party).

NVIDIA mobile CPU for mobile phones

“For us, working closely with Microsoft is a speed to market thing,” says Clark, which I guess they proved by knocking this handset together in a matter of weeks!

The pace of innovation with mobile phones is getting even more frenetic, with each new announcement topping the last. Last week, I was perfectly happy with my Nokia E90. Then a few days ago, I wanted a new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Now I want whatever phone comes with an NVIDIA CPU! I’ve never had so much techno-lust :)

And just check out these specs:

  • ARM11 MPCore
  • 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

NVIDIA concept phone

All this from a mobile phone! Simply breathtaking.

[Source: NVIDIA, via TechDigest]

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