So the rumors appear to be true. The Zune HD is likely to use Nvidia’s Tegra chip. According to PC Perspective, the Zune chip had been confirmed by Nvidia’s staff at Computex earlier in the month. At the company’s analyst day, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang predicted that this chip would account for half of Nvidia’s business in the years to come.
The advantage of Tegra is that it uses only 0.5 watts of power. This is due to the power stingy ARM parentage. Tegra comprises of two ARM chips. The main application processor runs the OS and is based on the ARM11 core. The Nvidia GeForce graphics chip is probably what attracted Microsoft to Tegra.
Michael Rayfield, GM, Nvidia’s mobile business unit says that Tegra has 42 design wins so far. These are media players, smartphones, smartbooks and web pads. The smartphones are easily recognizable names.
To recap, the Zune HD which comes in later in the year has a 3.3 inch 16:9 OLED screen. Also included are a HD,Web browser, Radio HD video out, accelerometer, Wi-Fi, and touchscreen QWERTY keyboard.