CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia's Tegra 4 system on chip (SoC) processor will make its debut in the Nuvola NP-1 media player.
Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip, which is scheduled to appear in the firm's delayed Shield games console, is its competitive ARM based SoC processor to succeed its rapidly ageing Tegra 3 design. With Nvidia delaying Shield's release date, it looks like obscure device maker Nanotech's Nuvola NP-1 will be the first Tegra 4 device if it ships later this month as forecast.
Nanotech's Nuvola NP-1 is a set-top box that supports streaming video up to 3840x2160 resolution, known more commonly as 4K video resolution. The firm said that the device will have a quad-core Tegra 4 chip with 72 GPU cores, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of flash storage, and will run Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Nanotech's Nuvola NP-1 will also have one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, 802.11n WiFi and will come with a number of pre-installed applications such as Skype, Twitter, Pandora and Facebook. The firm said that the device will support video formats and containers such as MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV and OGG, with AAC, FLAC, MP3 and WAV audio formats supported.
Nanotech CEO Jeffrey Foley talked up the Tegra 4's video capabilities and said, "Tegra 4 offers native 4K video support in hardware, including support for security and digital rights management with features including HDCP.
"Beyond 4K, the power of the Nvidia processor helps us deliver a world-class experience with games, web browsing and a variety of other optimized apps."
ZTE's Geek smartphone was scheduled to be the first Nvidia customer's Tegra 4 device, however it looks as though, through a combination of delays to Nvidia's Shield games console and ZTE taking longer than anticipated, Nanotech will be the first company to get a Tegra 4 device into the hands of punters later this month. µ