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NVIDIA today issued a press release confirming its Tegra technology will be used in the soon-to-be released Zune HD

The Microsoft Zune HD, which will launch on September 15 and is available now for pre-order, is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, NVIDIA confirmed today in a press release.

"Tegra provides the multimedia muscle in Zune HD," according to Michael Rayfield, NVIDIA mobile business GM.  "Users will love the device's new design, amazing multimedia features and HD video out capability.  Zune HD is a must-have for anyone looking for the best portable digital media player on the market."

The NVIDIA Tegra has eight independent processors, including an HD video processor, graphics processor, audio processor, and two ARM cores.  The hardware will help power video and audio for the device, which has a 3.3-inch OLED color display and supports up to 33 hours of music and 8.5 hours of video use.

It was widely believed the Zune HD would be powered by NVIDIA hardware, but today marks the first time NVIDIA or Microsoft publicly discussed the use of Tegra technology.

The latest Zune will be available with the 16GB version ($219.99) and 32 GB ($289.99), and is available in five colors, though only two colors are available in the pre-order.

Despite being compared continually to the popular Apple iPod -- which controls the MP3 player market -- Microsoft continues to state it is pleased with overall Zune sales.

"Today we're happy with the number of devices we've sold, and as we've said before, for Zune it's about the longer-term strategy and the multi-year vision for this business," a Microsoft official told CDFreaks last month.  “Increasingly, Zune’s focus is on areas where it is differentiating against the competition, such as the Zune Pass subscription service, which gives users access to millions of songs for the price of one CD a month and lets them keep 10 tracks a month to add to their permanent collection.”

Microsoft will likely take a similar approach with the Zune HD, but the company understands comparisons with the iPod Touch will continue.

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RE: nice
By Mitch101 on 8/17/2009 9:05:40 PM , Rating: 5
I happily ran Vista 64 and am now running Windows 7 Ultimate. Take below with a grain of salt because its not readily available to public yet but to give you an idea what I have seen so far that the review articles may not be saying.

1-It got EVERY component driver of my PC right from install. I did not have to find a single driver to download. (Razer mouse, Zune, Printer, Video Capture, HD Audio, ATI 3870 Video Card etc.) The most perfect OS install ever!

2-UAC is much less invasive to those who liked to complain about it. I rather liked it knowing which apps called home. But I don't find that to be a Microsoft flaw but developer applications being invasive. Windows just tells me which ones are doing it. I rather like UAC.

3-Some program installs you need to run as Administrator. This was mainly games like Quake 4. Once they are installed all is good. I have installed 18 games and none have had any issue running.

4-All the AV programs seem to be in beta currently. I installed Trend until NOD gets their Windows 7 AV going.

5-The Windows XP emulator. I installed it but have no idea what to do with it because everything so far is running under Windows 7. I guess I can install NOD here or AVG. I am tempted to see if I can get some legacy video capture cards to work with it but have since purchased newer ones.

6-Firefox runs in Windows 7 and so far I do not have the add on crash issues that I experienced with XP and Vista. Not sure why but firefox runs better on 7. I will say IE8 Runs much faster on 7 than Vista.

7-Fastest resume from hibernate I have ever experienced. Fast shutdown also.

8-I noticed it scheduled defrags for Wednesdays. I'm curious to see if it will do it from hibernation.

9-Desktop in the task bar works like a portable apps menu. No more show desktop its like a second start bar.

10-You have to install the live app to get stuff like Windows movie maker, Outlook e-mail connector for hotmail, etc. Some good stuff in there.

About the only thing I am confused about is removing USB devices. I haven't figured out if I need to stop them before unplugging them.

I wouldn't say its Vista with a new interface that would imply that Windows 7 is a minor upgrade. It certainly is a bigger step than that.

I don't believe there is anything bad someone can say about Windows 7 but I'm sure they will make it up if it supports their hate of anything Microsoft.

RE: nice
By nafhan on 8/18/2009 10:34:25 AM , Rating: 2
not readily available to public yet
If you hurry it's available from:
Downloads will be available until August 20, 2009. After that, you can still install the RC and you can get a product key if you need one.

I think you need a Windows Live ID or something, which is free.

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